Claudio Puelles vs Fares Ziam Prediction UFC Picks 2/24

Claudio Puelles vs Fares Ziam Prediction UFC Picks 2/24

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UFC Fight Night: Puelles vs. Ziam - Claudio Puelles vs Farés Ziam Preview and Prediction

Prepare for an electrifying lightweight showdown as Claudio "Prince of Peru" Puelles faces off against Farés "Smile Killer" Ziam at UFC Fight Night: Puelles vs. Ziam, scheduled to take place at a venue to be announced. With both fighters hungry for victory, this bout promises to deliver high-octane action. Let's delve into their backgrounds, recent performances, and a final prediction.

 

Claudio Puelles - Brazilian Warriors BJJ

  • Height/Weight: 5' 10", 156 lbs
  • Record: 13-3-0 (2 TKO, 7 SUB)
  • Team: Brazilian Warriors BJJ
  • Nickname: Prince of Peru
  • Stance: Southpaw

Strengths:

Claudio Puelles, also known as the "Prince of Peru," is a skilled submission artist with an impressive record in the lightweight division. With a blend of striking finesse and grappling prowess, Puelles poses a threat to opponents on the feet and on the ground. His recent victories over Clay Guida and Chris Gruetzemacher underscore his ability to finish fights with his submission game.

Weaknesses:

While Puelles boasts a strong submission game, he has shown vulnerability against opponents with superior striking skills. In his loss to Dan Hooker, Puelles struggled to defend against powerful strikes and was eventually knocked out in the second round. Against Ziam, Puelles must showcase improved striking defense and look to take the fight to the ground where he can capitalize on his grappling advantage.

Fight History Highlights:

Puelles's recent victory over Clay Guida showcased his submission prowess, securing a first-round submission victory via guillotine choke.

Path to Victory:

Puelles's path to victory lies in his ability to dictate the pace of the fight and capitalize on his grappling advantage. By utilizing his footwork and movement, Puelles can close the distance and look to take the fight to the ground where he can work towards securing submissions. Additionally, Puelles must remain patient and avoid getting drawn into striking exchanges where Ziam's power could pose a threat.

 

Farés Ziam - Kill Cliff FC

  • Height/Weight: 6' 1", 156 lbs
  • Record: 14-4-0 (5 TKO, 4 SUB)
  • Team: Kill Cliff FC
  • Nickname: Smile Killer
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Farés Ziam, known as the "Smile Killer," is a well-rounded fighter with knockout power and submission skills. With victories over tough opponents like Jai Herbert and Michal Figlak, Ziam has demonstrated his ability to finish fights in multiple ways. His versatility and technical proficiency make him a dangerous threat in the lightweight division.

Weaknesses:

Despite his well-rounded skill set, Ziam may struggle against opponents with superior grappling abilities. In his loss to Terrance McKinney, Ziam encountered difficulties when taken to the ground and ultimately submitted in the first round. Against Puelles, Ziam must showcase improved takedown defense and look to keep the fight standing where he can unleash his striking arsenal.

Fight History Highlights:

Ziam's recent victory over Jai Herbert showcased his striking prowess, securing a unanimous decision victory after a gritty battle.

Path to Victory:

Ziam's path to victory hinges on his ability to keep the fight standing and unleash his striking arsenal. By utilizing his reach and power, Ziam can keep Puelles at bay and look to land significant strikes. Additionally, Ziam must showcase improved takedown defense to prevent Puelles from taking the fight to the ground where he can capitalize on his grappling advantage.

 

Prediction:

In what promises to be a thrilling matchup, Claudio Puelles holds the advantage with his grappling skills and submission expertise. While Farés Ziam poses a significant threat with his striking ability, Puelles's ability to control the fight and secure submissions gives him the edge. Expect Puelles to secure a victory via submission, showcasing his dominance on the ground and solidifying his status as a top contender in the lightweight division.

 

Pick: Claudio Puelles ML +170

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