UFC 254 Betting Prediction: Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris

A couple of heavyweight fighters are taking the octagon on the main card that you need to check out. These fighters are Alexander Volkov and Walt Harris and both guys are looking to get back in the win column after suffering losses, their last time in the octagon.

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Flash Forum
  • Watch on: PPV

Alexander Volkov (31-8-0)

Volkov is currently ranked 6th in the heavyweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has 20 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, and 8 by decision.

“Drago” has a striking accuracy at 58 percent and a grappling accuracy at 70 percent. He lands 4.65 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.53. This is a great ratio, as delivers nearly twice the amount of significant strikes than he takes on.

Volkov has a takedown defense at 65 percent and a significant strike defense at 54 percent. He also averages 0.72 takedowns and 0.20 submissions every 15 minutes.

Walt Harris (13-8-0)

Harris is currently ranked as the 8th best fighter in the heavyweight division. His fighting resume shows that he has all 13 of his wins coming by knockout.

“The Big Ticket” has a striking accuracy at 39 percent and a grappling accuracy at 33 percent. He lands 2.97 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 3.18. This ratio is slightly on the negative side, and he should look to defend better or be more aggressive.

Harris has a takedown defense at 72 percent and a significant strike defense at 56 percent. He also averages 0.32 takedowns and 0.20 submissions every 15 minutes.

Odds For This Event

The market has been moving up and down on this one. Intertops has the odds currently set at:

Volkov: -160

Harris: +125

*odds are subject to changes

Potential Winning Pick

Both of these fighters are looking to keep climbing their way up the heavyweight division rankings. They both show examples of excellent resumes, but can their odds be justified here?

Harris is a powerful knockout artist that should be taken seriously. However, he does not separate himself apart from opponents when it comes to significant strikes and does not defend well against him.

Volkov has the better overall fighting resume here. He has the better striking accuracy and significant strike ratio to pull this fight in his favor. Look for this fight to end in one of them swinging for the knockout victory, specifically Volkov.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Volkov wins via knockout

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