Update 3:05 p.m.: While Alexander Pantoja has taken on marginally more tickets, this fight has largely remained unchanged in how it’s being bet so far.
Updated betting splits
Alexandre Pantoja: -210 (64% of action, 68% of bets)
Askar Askarov: +165 (36% of action, 32% of bets)
While the main event of UFC Fight Night this evening is for the flyweight championship, two Top 10-ranked flyweights in the same division look to get in the mix for that belt as #4 Alexandre Pantoja duels with #7 Askar Askarov.
Pantoja is 22-4, 6-2 since joining the UFC in 2017. His last loss came to tonight’s main eventer Deiveson Figueiredo 51 weeks ago. His speed is one of his greatest strengths, landing 4.58 significant strikes per minute and 1.1 takedowns per three rounds while in a UFC octagon. He has 16 stoppages amongst his 22 wins.
Askarov is undefeated with an 11-0-1 record, his draw coming against Brandon Moreno two fights ago to open his UFC career. He followed that up with a win in January over fellow Fight Island resident Tim Elliott. Askarov excels as a grappler and seven of his 11 wins have been submissions, but he’s gone the distance in both of his UFC appearances so far.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov at UFC Fight Night from Fight Island on July 18th:
Alexandre Pantoja: -210 (64% of action, 63% of bets)
Askar Askarov: +165 (36% of action, 37% of bets)
Here are the DraftKings DFS salaries for Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov tonight:
Alexandre Pantoja: $8,800
Askar Askarov: $7,400
Pantoja (a.k.a. “The Cannibal) can score when he wins, with his last three victories earning an average of a shade over 112 points each. His 4.58 strikes per minute and 1.10 takedowns per 15 show enough activity in a fight where the betting lines favor him much more strongly than the DFS salary assignments do.
The Brazilian, with eight knockouts and eight submissions in his career, should for sure be on some rosters this evening.
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