One of the gatekeeper veterans of the UFC takes on a relative newcomer at welterweight when Tim Means faces Laureano Staropoli at UFC Fight Night on Saturday live on ESPN+ from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Means is 29-12 and one of the grizzled veterans Dana White keeps around to test new talent. With an 8-7-1 record in the promotion and 24 career stoppages (19 by KO or TKO), “The Dirty Bird” brings an exciting style to any fight. He lands 4.87 strikes per minute, and when he does lose it’s often just as exciting. He has two Performance of The Night bonuses on his promotion resume.
Staropoli is 9-2 in MMA, and 2-1 in the promotion. Originally scheduled to fight Kalinn Williams on March 28th before Covid-19, the Argentine makes his first appearance since falling to Muslim Salikhov in October of last year. Though he has seven career stoppages, all three of his UFC fights have gone the distance with a unanimous verdict, and he lands 4.29 strikes per minute with only one career takedown in the black octagon.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Tim Means vs. Laureano Staropoli at UFC Fight Night on August 8th:
Money line odds
Tim Means: +110
Laureano Staropoli: -137
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