In a main-card event for UFC Fight Island 6, Thomas Almeida will take on Jonathan Martinez in a featherweight bout live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and available on ESPN+.
Almeida enters as the very slight favorite. With a 22-3 MMA record, he has fought just twice in the UFC since 2016 and lost both times. While he’s still 5-3 at the UFC level, the 29-year-old doesn’t have much recent experience.
Averaging 5.66 significant strikes per minute and connecting on 45 percent of them, Almeida is a strike-first fighter and doesn’t do much grappling, with zero takedowns in all eight bouts. Defending 64 percent of his strikes, he’ll want this fight upright.
Martinez is just 3-2 at the UFC level and is 1-1 this year, having fought all five of his bouts since late 2018. 12-3 in his MMA career, he is also a strong striker averaging 4.22 significant strikes, landing 50 percent of his throws while taking just 3.46 and defending 57 percent. He’s a bit more active as a grappler, averaging .64 takedowns per 15 minutes.
Both fighters are aggressive strikers which should result in a fight that will likely not go the distance. As with many of these main card bouts, this one won’t be easy to predict.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Thomas Almeida vs. Jonathan Martinez at UFC Fight Island 6 on October 17th.
Money line odds
Thomas Almeida: -139
Jonathan Martinez: +110
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