Checking it the upcoming UFC event will definitely be worth your time. Leading up to the main event you can see a middleweight battle between Khamzat Chimaev and Gerald Meerschaert.
- Date: Saturday, September 19, 7:00 PM
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Watch on: ESPN+
Khamzat Chimaev (8-0-0)
Chimaev is currently undefeated and has stacked 2 wins so far in the UFC. His fighting resume shows that he has 5 wins by knockout and 3 by submission.
“Borz” only has 2 UFC fights that have tracked stats. If we were to use these, they would not give a great representation of how he fights because it would look inflated in some areas.
However, if we combine those first 2 fights together, he literally outstruck both of his opponents 88-1. This is insane, as he is definitely an aggressive striker. However, he will be going up against a more modest fighter in Meerschaert.
Gerald Meerschaert (31-13-0)
Meerschaert is coming off a TKO loss back in June. His fighting resume shows that he has 6 wins by knockout, 23 by submission, and 2 by decision.
“GM3” has a striking accuracy at 42 percent and a grappling accuracy at 43 percent. He lands 3.31 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.58. This ratio is slightly on the negative side.
Meerschaert has a takedown defense at 46 and a significant strike defense at 51 percent. He also averages 2.34 takedowns and 1.70 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For This Event
The market seems to heavily favor Chimaev in this matchup. BetDSI has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Both of these fighters show signs of why they could be the winner. However, there are some notable differences that could alter these odds a bit.
Meerschaert has some solid numbers everywhere you look. However, he is coming off a TKO loss where he was outstriked so this could spell trouble going against an excellent striker in Chimaev.
Chimaev has not had a fight that has made it even close to the second round. He also has 5 of his wins end with a first round finish. This guy seems to be quick and deadly, and this arguably could be a real test to prove his ability to fight in the UFC.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Chimaev wins via TKO
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