Damir Ismagulov vs Magomed Mustafaev Odds, Preview and Prediction, October 30 (10/30): UFC
- Oct 28, 2021, 1:46:09 PM
Credit: photo by Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
|Time (Preliminary Card)||10:30 a.m. EST|
|Damir Ismagulov money line||-280|
|Magomed Mustafaev money line||+230|
|Damir Ismagulov||Magomed Mustafaev|
The Lightweight division plays host to an intriguing fight, as Damir Ismagulov takes on Magomed ‘The Sniper’ Mustafaev. This will be Ismagulov’s second fight in 2021, as he defeated Rafael Alves five months ago. The victory was the Russian’s fifteenth consecutive and fourth in the UFC. With a ridiculous 23-1 record, Ismagulov should garner a top fifteen opponent should he win. Meanwhile, Mustafaev returns to the octagon after being defeated by Brad Riddell twenty months ago. This wouldn’t be the first time Mustafaev has been plagued by inactivity, as he once was on the shelf for twenty nine months.
Since joining the UFC in 2015, Magomed Mustafaev has been fed to the wolves. In five UFC fights, Mustafaev has already fought the likes of Kevin Lee, Rafael Fiziev and Brad Riddell. Now, after a twenty month layoff, Mustafaev fights another wolf in Damir Ismagulov. The Kazakh is a well rounded fighter, who mainly profiles as a striker. A patient and calculated one at that, as Ismagulov does an excellent job at avoiding strikes and picking apart opponents at a range. The one knock about Ismagulov is that he lacks power, having stopped only one opponent in his last seven fights. The same can’t be said about Mustafaev however, as the Russian has won all fourteen of his fights via finish. With ten of the finishes coming via knockout, Mustafaev is not one to stand across from in the octagon.
As for a prediction, I’m going with Mustafaev. While he checks in as a moderate underdog, and rightfully so, Mustafaev is the most dangerous fighter Ismagulov will have faced thus far in the UFC. Mustafaev not only is a knockout artist, but he is physically strong and has some wrestling chops. In fact, in Mustafaev’s last fight, he landed eight takedowns. I could be off on this fight and it’s tough to go against someone with one loss in twenty four fights, but give me Mustafaev to win via decision.
PICK: Magomed Mustafaev (+230)
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