In a welterweight fight on the main card for UFC 263, Demian Maia will take on Belal Muhammad Saturday live from Glendale, AZ and available on ESPN+ PPV.
The 43-year-old Maia enters the octagon with a professional fighting record of 28-10, and is ranked ninth in the welterweight rankings. The Brazilian fighter last competed at UFC Fight Night 170, where he lost to Gilbert Burns by TKO in Round 1. Maia hasn’t won a match since October 2019, where he defeated Ben Askren by submission in Round 3.
The veteran mixed martial artist averages 1.82 strikes per minute, with an accuracy of 43%. He also absorbs 2.02 strikes per minute, while defending against them at 63%. Maia is more of a grappler than striker inside the octagon, which makes sense as he has 14 submission wins on his resume. The 43-year-old holds a 2.49 takedown average per 15 minutes, with an accuracy of 25%. But he also has a 1.03 submission average and 61% takedown defense.
As for Muhammad, he comes into Saturday’s night main card with a professional fighting record of 18-3 (1 NC) and is ranked 12th in the welterweight class. “Remember the Name” Muhammad picked up the no contest in his last bout against Leon Edwards at UFC Fight Night 187 in March.
The 32-year-old mixed martial artist will be trying to use his striking skills to land a much-needed win. He adds 4.75 significant strikes per minute with 43% accuracy. But he also absorbs a significant amount of strikes per minute at 4.02, while he defends against them at 60%
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad at UFC 263 on June 12.
Money line odds
Demian Maia: +180
Belal Muhammad: -230
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