Update 3:20 p.m.: The cash is starting to come in on the favorite Albazi. He’s gone from 37% to 49%, and there’s still nearly two hours until the start of the card. His percentage of backers via tickets increases 6% as well.
Updated betting splits
Malcolm Gordon: +135 (51% of action, 59% of bets)
Amir Albazi: -167 (49% of action, 41% of bets)
Two UFC newcomers will be the first of three flyweight division fights tonight as Malcolm Gordon takes on Amir Albazi on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Gordon comes to the bigger promotion after most of his recent fights being in TKO Major League, where he was their champion. He’s 12-3 in MMA and on a three-fight win streak. The 30-year-old from London, Ontario has 10 stoppage wins, four via knockout and six via submission. His highlight video shows submissions and good production value.
Albazi is 12-1 and joins after a stint in the Brave Cage Fighting promotion. The Swede is a part of the London Shootfighters stable, and has 11 stoppage wins himself, seven via submission. His highlight video is submission intensive as well, but isn’t as well edited technically. Maybe with new his UFC contract he can hire better digital people.
Here are the betting odds and bet splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Malcolm Gordon vs. Amir Albazi at UFC Fight Night from Fight Island on July 18th:
Malcolm Gordon: +135 (63% of action, 65% of bets)
Amir Albazi: -167 (37% of action, 35% of bets)
Here are the DraftKings DFS salaries for Malcolm Gordon vs. Amir Albazi tonight:
Malcolm Gordon: $7,600
Amir Albazi: $8,600
Both these guys beat up opponents on the regular and get plenty of stoppages. But until they both get in a UFC cage, where fighters no longer have to have a job and can commit to training, it’s just really hard to see who to select here. If you’re a hardcore MMA scout and can break down the finer points of a spinning backfist or a D’Arce choke, plus know how much time each fighter has had to commit to a camp and training as opposed to what they were doing before, you might have a line here.
But we simply don’t know what to do here. Watch some YouTube of these guys in full fights, and you make your own call on this one.
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