UFC Fight Island Breakdown and Betting Prediction: Dricus Du Plessis vs. Markus Perez

Leading up to the main event fight of the night, the UFC has a showdown that you should take a look at. This middleweight bout will be between Markus Perez and Dricus Du Plessis.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 7:00 PM
Venue: Flash Forum
Watch on: ESPN+

Markus Perez (12-3-0)

Perez is coming off a decision loss back in November 2019. His fighting resume shows that he has 3 wins by knockout, 6 by submission, and 3 by decision.

“Maluko” has a striking accuracy at 48 percent and a grappling accuracy at 26 percent. He lands 2.75 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.96. This ratio is a bit on the negative side, as he takes on more strikes than he delivers.

Perez has a takedown defense at 80 percent and a significant strike defense at 52 percent. He also averages 1.08 takedowns and 1.10 submissions every 15 minutes.

Dricus Du Plessis (14-2-0)

Du Plessis is currently on a 2 fight win streak heading into this fight. His fighting resume shows that he has 5 wins by knockout and 9 by submission.

“Stilknocks” has a WAKO K-1 World Champion to boast, as he makes his UFC debut in this matchup. His brings to the table good wrestling skills, as 9 of his 14 wins coming by submission all have had some form of choke.

Not only is he good on the ground and a submission artist at the drop of a hat, but he is also a South African K-1 kickboxing champion. Du Plessis has been improving as of late to be better on his feet.

Odds For This Event

The market is leaning towards Du Plessis to make a great first impression in the UFC. Intertops has the odds currently sitting at:

Perez: +115

Du Plessis: -145

*odds are subject to changes

Potential Winning Pick

Both of these fighters have interesting resumes that make this fight difficult to decide a winner. However, the market appears to have their favorite.

Perez is a solid choice here, as he has some experience in the UFC. However, his grappling accuracy and his significant strike ratio is of a bit of concern and could hurt him here.

Du Plessis is expected to perform well here, and there is a good chance he will. I believe he has a shot to end this fight early.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Du Plessis wins via submission

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