I am a Full-Time, Professional MMA Bettor and regardless if people subscribe to my betting services or not, I always look for ways to provide value to as many people intrigued by MMA as I can. In this content piece, I am providing free evidence that helped contribute to my overall research and analysis of this incredible, UFC on ESPN+ 32: Oleinik versus Lewis card. By no means was the
information contained in this content piece compelling enough to draw a strong conclusion on the respective matchup nor place a bet. However, I found this data interesting and I believe you will too.
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1. Andrew Sanchez has 100% takedown defense in his UFC career per ufcstats.com.
- Sanchez is a very physically strong guy for the standards of this weight class and he has an NAIA wresting background & was named 2011 Wrestler of the Year (https://www.ufc.com/athlete/andrewsanchez).
2. Derrick Lewis has yielded 41 grappling advances in his entire UFC career per ufcstats.com.
- Lewis excels in striking exchanges with his threat of power and aggression (i.e. was having success attacking in flurries against Blagoy Ivanov). Also, in top position on the ground as he lands massive ground & pound and as a result has finished fights by this method (i.e. Travis Browne finishing sequence). However, when fighters have been able to put Lewis on his back, they’ve some had success (i.e. was mounted by Marcin Tybura and controlled by Ilir Latifi). Lewis has the tendency to give up his back when deciding to get up after getting taken down; thus, leading to a rear-naked choke opportunity for the opponent (i.e. loss to Daniel Cormier).
3. Kevin Holland will hold an 8-inch reach advantage over his opponent, Joaquin Buckley per ufcstats.com.
- Despite some consideration to move down to 170lbs., Holland is still one of the longest middleweights in the division. Holland will likely have success at kicking range in this matchup due to his length and more varied attack. Whereas, Buckley being the sharper boxer with
superior punching power will have much more success in the boxing exchanges than the kicking exchanges.
4. Nasrat Haqparast’s striking defense is 74% per ufcstats.com.
- Nasrat checks several boxes in terms of striking array including very good footwork, defense (high guard with head movement properly utilized), very technical offensive attack, has power in his hands (has four knockdowns through five UFC fights), and fights at a high pace (5.25
significant strikes per minute).
5. Youssef Zalal has absorbed 1.33 significant strikes per minute in the UFC
thus far per ufcstats.com.
- Per, Youssef Zalal’s Instagram, he trains Factory X Muay Thai/MMA/BJJ which is a camp that trains fighters very well in terms of footwork, distance management, and overall striking
efficiency (i.e. Chris Gutierrez fits this prototype who trains here as well). Additionally, Zalal is very fast (only 23 years young and naturally agile & athletic) which bodes well for his overall effectiveness as a striker as speed is one of the most compelling factors to a fighter’s career longevity & upside.
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