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UFC on ABC: Free Picks & Full Fight Breakdowns

  • Welcome back for another exciting year of UFC action, kicking things off with the UFC on ABC free betting picks, plus my full breakdown of every fight
  • I typically don’t put out subscriber plays in this space, but for our feature play this week I’ll post one of the four tipped bets that members received
  • Our breakdown covers the matchup between Russian boxer Nassourdine Imavov and American fighter Phil Hawes.
  • Early start! Prelims for UFC Fight Island Holloway v Kattar get underway at 12pm ET, and the main card starts at 3 pm ET 

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UFC on ABC 1 Betting Tips

Nassourdine Imavov (+102) vs Phil Hawes (-122)

Here are keys to victory for Imavov:

  • Extend the fight!
  • Stay light on the feet using good footwork, staying outside of Hawes range and Round 1 power
  • Frustrate Hawes by pumping the jab & touching him up early
  • Fighting from the outside on his bike will frustrate Hawes, and he will start forcing offense & takedowns
  • After Round 1, put the pedal to the floor to start expediting Hawes gassing out

The Fighters 

Phil Hawes (9-2) is making his second walk to the octagon aims to win his sixth fight in a row.

Hawes is a strong, hard-hitting 185 pounder who has a knack for finishing fights — all 9 of his professional wins have come by finish.

While it’s great to be a knockout artist finishing opponents quickly, it also comes with a caveat. Hawes has never seen Round 3, and sub-par cardio looks to be a hole in his game. I suspect if Hawes doesn’t finish this fight within 7 minutes, he’ll find himself in serious trouble thereafter.

Imavov is (9-2) also making his second walk to the octagon after an impressive debut back in October when he battered Jordan Williams for two of three rounds en route to a decision victory.

He’s a smaller middleweight who’s spent the majority of his young career at welterweight. It’s a slight concern with how big & strong Hawes is, but a 24-year old could simply be growing into his body, making the weight cut to 170 a little tougher than in the past.

Imavov possesses strong boxing skills coupled with dangerous grappling on the mat where he’s finished four of his nine professional wins by submission.

How it Plays

This fight seems like a pretty easy read to me with the major liability Hawes has with his cardio.

This is going to be very dangerous five-to-seven minutes at most, but beyond that, I’m confident Imavov is going to pour on the offense.

Hawes who also has a wrestling background likes to shoot in for takedowns, and I believe as he gasses out the takedown attempts will become labored ultimately getting him caught in a submission, or stuck on his back under Imavov.

I slightly favor Imavov to win this fight at 55%. I believe he finishes this fight around 40% creating good betting value on the ITD line @ +275. I also took a couple of stabs on Imavov R2 +800 & R3 +1400.

OFFICIAL PLAY: RISK 0.5 UNITS on Imavov to win Inside the distance @ +190.

(I tipped the play at +275, but I think there is still value @ the current odds)

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