Two unranked fighters trying to get to the Top 15 at middleweight do battle when Maki Pitolo takes on Darren Stewart live from UFC Fight Night this Saturday on ESPN from Las Vegas.
Pitolo is 13-5 and coming off a second round TKO win over Charles Byrd at UFC 250 for his first win in the promotion. “Coconut Bombz” opened his promotion account with a loss to Callan Potter on his first main roster fight. Prior to that he beat Justin Michael Sumter via TKO at Dana White’s Contender Series, and his two wins previously were via submission at Bellator 213 over Chris Cisneros and at CFFC 68 with a knockout of Thiago Rela.
Stewart is 11-5-1 and has been in the UFC since 2016, though his last fight against Bartosz Fabinski was moved to the Cage Warriors promotion due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Officially makes him 4-4-1 in the UFC with two stoppages, he averages 2.94 strikes per minute and 1.38 takedowns per 15 minutes. Despite starting his UFC career at 0-3-1, he’s won four of his last five in the promotion and has worked his way back to fighting on the main card here.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Maki Pitolo vs. Darren Stewart at UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas on August 8th.
Maki Pitolo: +130 (66% of action, 28% of bets)
Darren Stewart: -162 (34% of action, 72% of bets)
Here are the DraftKings DFS salaries for Maki Pitolo vs. Darren Stewart tonight:
Maki Pitolo: $7,600
Darren Stewart: $8,600
Stewart doesn’t score a lot when he does win, and Pitolo figures to be a decent underdog in this one. This might be a fight to avoid as the favorite averages just 53.8 DFS points per outing.
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