A pair of welterweights that have combined to lose four consecutive fights will see one streak end as veteran Michel Pereira faces Zelim Imadaev at UFC on ESPN 9 this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Pereira is 23-11 in MMA, but 1-2 in the UFC and likely on the last match of his contract. In his last bout against Diego Sanchez in February, he was disqualified for an illegal knee by referee Jason Herzog in the third round while well-ahead statistically. The 26-year-old from Para, Brazil averages 3.04 significant strikes per minute with a 51% accuracy rate, and 2.00 takedowns per 15 minutes as well.
Imadaev is 8-2, and has suffered both losses without a win since joining the UFC. At 25-years-old from Russia, all eight of his wins on the independent circuit have come via knockout, the last three in the Fight Nights Global promotion. He’s averaged 3.69 strikes per minute and has one takedown total in his two UFC bouts.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Michel Pereira vs. Zelim Imadaev at UFC Fight Night on September 5th.
Money line odds
Michel Pereira: -118
Zelim Imadaev: -103
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