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Tale of the tape for Tanner Boser vs. Raphael Pessoa

Tanner Boser and Raphael Pessoa square off in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night from Fight Island on July 25th. We break down the odds.

Tanner Boser poses for a portrait backstage after his victory during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

It’s a pair of heavyweights that like to throw hands facing off when Tanner Boser takes on Raphael Pessoa at UFC on ESPN 14 this Saturday.

Boser is 18-6 with a 2-1 mark in the UFC. He lands 4.28 strikes per minute, and has never even attempted a takedown in the octagon. Just four weeks ago he knocked out Philipe Lins at 2:41 of the first round in Las Vegas, and decided on a quick turnaround to head to Abu Dhabi. The Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada native has 11 career stoppages, but has only been ended once himself as his other five defeats all came by decision. He’s a big brawler that came in at 235 pounds for his last fight.

Pessoa is 10-1 career with seven stoppages, his only defeat coming in his first fight in the UFC, a loss to Ciryl Gane last August. He responded by defeating Jeff Hughes last December via unanimous decision, outlanding his opponent 39-34 after three rounds. He’s also never attempted a takedown or been put on the mat himself.

One thing we know about this fight is it’s likely to be a standup battle between two sluggers. And when the big guys get in the ring and swing, it often makes for some entertaining action.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Tanner Boser vs. Raphael Pessoa at UFC Fight Night from Abu Dhabi on July 25th:

Money line odds

Tanner Boser: -240
Raphael Pessoa: +185

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