In a middleweight bout on the main card of UFC 258, Julian Marquez will fight Maki Pitolo Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+ PPV.
The 30-year-old Marquez walks into the octagon with a professional fighting record of 7-2. This will be Marquez’s first fight since July 2018 at the Ultimate Fighter Finale 27, where he lost by split decision to Alesso Di Chirico. Along with the defeat, Marquez suffered a serious shoulder injury that knocked him out of competition for two years.
“The Cuban Missile Crisis” was actually scheduled to fight in November at UFC Fight Night 182. But the main card bout was canceled due to weight cutting issues for Saparbek Safarov. The 6-foot-2 fighter lands 3.48 significant strikes per minute, with 37 percent accuracy. Marquez also absorbs 4.41 strikes per minute, while his defense is at 53 percent.
As for Pitolo, he enters the APEX with a professional fighting record of 13-7, and has lost two-straight bouts. The 30-year-old from Hawaii last fought at UFC Fight Night 175 in August 2020. At that event, he lost by unanimous decision to Impa Kasanganay. “Coconut Bombz” Pitolo’s last win was earlier in the summer at UFC 250, where he defeated Charles Byrd in Round 2 by technical knockout.
Out of his 13 career wins, Pitolo has seven winning decisions by KO/TKO. He is landing 4.2 strikes per minute, along with a 41 percent striking accuracy. Additionally, Pitolo has only absorbed 3.21 strikes per minute and does a good job defending against them at 51 percent.
Between him and Marquez, Pitolo is the better grappler inside the octagon. The veteran fighter has a takedown average of 2.13 and an accuracy of 60 percent. But his takedown defense is only 33 percent with a submission average of 0.71.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Julian Marquez vs. Maki Pitolo at UFC 258 on February 13th.
Money line odds
Julian Marquez: -177
Maki Pitolo: +140
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