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UFC Fight Night 176 Blagoy Ivanov v Augusto Sakai Betting Tips & Preview

  • Ivanov v Sakai to clash in heavyweight bout in Las Vegas
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Augusto Sakai of Brazil fights Andrei Arlovski of Belarus (Getty Images)

UFC Fight Night 176 Betting Tips


Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai will clash in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 176 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, on Sunday May 31 BST.

The event, which is headlined by Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns, has been shifted having originally been due to take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

The two giants will go head-to-head in the heavyweight division and bookmakers have struggling to split to pair ahead of the showdown in Las Vegas.

Blagoy Ivanov (MMA Record: 18-3-0, 1NC)


TopBet Verdict: Ivanov is aching to get back inside the octagon and return to his winning ways several months after tasting just his third defeat in his career. Back in November of last year, Ivanov had his two-fight win streak snapped in a loss to Derrick Lewis via split decision at UFC 244.  Before that, Ivanov defeated Tai Tuivasa and Ben Rothwell, both via unanimous decisions. 

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Ivanov has yet to completely show his power in the UFC, as he has not scored a knockout win in four fights since joining the organization. However, MMA fans know that Ivanov has the kind of power that can put an opponent to sleep. Ivanov has six wins via KO. The former World Series of Fighting Championship titleholder. That said, Ivanov also knows his way on the mat. He was six submission victories and a 62.5 percent takedown accuracy.

Augusto Sakai (MMA Record: 14-1-1)


TopBet Verdict: Sakai has been wreaking havoc for quite a stretch now. The Brazilian heavyweight has won all of his past five fights, with four opponents over that span getting knocked out. In his last fight, Sakai scored a knockout win over Marcin Tybura in September of last year, and it took him just 59 seconds to finish the match. Months before, he survived Andrei Arlovsky in a three-round split decision victory. 

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Sakai is not going to be afraid to throw haymakers of his own if engaged in a standup war by Ivanov. Sakai owns a 77 percent KO/TKO percentage in the UFC and lands an average of 7.9 significant strikes per minute to just 3.56 by Ivanov. Furthermore, Sakai will enjoy a four-inch height and reach advantages. Sakai has 11 knockout wins with zero knockout losses.

Betting Odds



Winner
Odds
Blagoy Ivanov1.91
Augusto Sakai1.91

Odds from bet365, 26/05/20

 Blagoy Ivanov v Augusto Sakai FAQs

Where is Blagoy Ivanov v Augusto Sakai taking place?

It is part of UFC Fight Night 176 and will be held in the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas. It was originally to be staged at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

Who will win the Ivanov v Sakai fight?

Bookmakers can't split the two. They are equal odds to win. Our tipster thinks Sakai will win the heavyweight contest.

Verdict

Sakai can edge it and take the win.

UFC Fight Night 176: Augusto Sakai Winner @1.91 at bet365 - 10 Units

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