In a middleweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC 255, Joaquin Buckley will take on Jordan Wright Saturday in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+.
The 26-year-old Buckley walks to the octagon with a professional record of 11-3. This will be Buckley’s third fight in 2020 and in the UFC, as “New Mansa” last fought in October at UFC Fight Night 179. He defeated Impa Kasanganay in Round 2 by knockout using a spinning back kick. In his debut earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 174, the St. Louis native lost to Kevin Holland in Round 3 by TKO.
Buckley lands 3.92 strikes per 15 minutes with an accuracy of 32 percent. But he also absorbs a lot of strikes per minute at 6.09, defending just 49 percent.
The 29-year-old Wright is looking for his second UFC win after an impressive debut earlier this year. At UFC on ESPN 15, Wright defeated Isaac Villanueva in Round 1 by TKO via doctor stoppage. The Los Angeles native has a perfect professional fighting record of 11-0 (1 NC), with six wins coming via TKO/KO.
Before he made the jump to UFC, Wright competed at LFA, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, AFC, Gladiator Challenge, and Xplode Fight Series. “The Beverly Hills Ninja” stats are a bit skewed as he’s only competed in one UFC fight. Against Villanueva he landed 7.79 strikes per minute with a 77 percent accuracy. Wright also absorbed the same amount of significant strikes (7.79) but did a terrible job defending against them at 19 percent.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Joaquin Buckley vs. Jordan Wright at UFC 255 on November 21st.
Money line odds
Joaquin Buckley: -265
Jordan Wright: +205
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