In the fourth preliminary bout for UFC 253, Shane “Smoking” Young will take the octagon against Ludovit “Mr. Highlight” Klein live at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and available on pay-per-view.
Young will enter this fight with a 13-4 MMA record. Just 2-1 in the UFC, his only loss came to current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The most important thing to note from his fight with the champ is that it went the distance. Although he didn’t win, he lasted 15 minutes with one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC.
He’s also defeated Rolando Dy and Austin Arnett, and in both of those fights he threw 40 more significant strikes than his opponent. For Young, that’s the gameplan. He’s averaging 6.1 significant strikes per minutes, absorbing 5.09. However he does land just 40 percent of those strikes while defending 57 percent.
Klein enters this fight with an impressive 16-2 record on the independent circuit. He’s yet to fight in the UFC, but just one of his MMA fights has gone the distance, recording eight submissions and seven knockouts. Coming in at 5-foot-8, Klein, the 25-year-old from Slovakia will look to make an impressive first impression for most than are hearing his name for the first time.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein at UFC 253 on September 26th.
Money line odds
Shane Young: -112
Ludovit Klein: -112
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