Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Marc-Andre Barriault Odds, Preview and Prediction, (September 4): UFC
- Sep 2, 2021, 4:28:50 AM
Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
|Time (Preliminary Card)||1:30 p.m. EST|
|Dalcha Lungiambula money line||+135|
|Marc-Andre Barriault money line||-160|
|Dalcha Lungiambula||Marc-Andre Barriault|
|Last 5||4-1||1-3, 1 NC|
Middleweight’s Dalcha Lungiambula and Marc-Andre Barriault look to build off their recent victories. The former EFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Lungiambula, has had mixed results thus far in the UFC. However, a drop down to the Middleweight division in January proved to be a wise move, as Lungbiambula defeated Markus Perez. With a hulking physique and physical strength advantages, it’s going to be interesting how well Lungiambula does at 185 pounds. Meanwhile, Barriault has had some success of late. After starting out 0-3 in the UFC, Barriault finished Oscar Piechota for his first UFC victory. Unfortunately, a failed drug test wiped away said victory. In Barriault's next fight, the Canadian halted Abu Azaitar’s nine fight unbeaten streak, claiming his “first” UFC victory in the third round via strikes.
This is a competitive fight that, to me, is dependent on a few factors. For one, does Marc-Andre Barriault have the takedown defense to stay upright? Two, does Dalcha Lungiambula have the standup and cardio necessary should this fight take place mainly on the feet? In my opinion, Barriault has at times, struggled to fend off takedowns. Overall though, he’s done a good job of getting back to his feet when taken down. Lungiambula is a strong grappler, who has legit power on the feet. His problem seems to be output. The former EFC Champion might be intimidating to stand across the octagon from, but he doesn’t throw nearly enough to be that big of a threat on the feet.
As for a prediction, I’m siding with Barriault. Other than wrestling and sheer power, the Canadian has the necessary advantages to ruin Lungiambula’s night. Barriault has decent enough takedown defense to fend off Lungiambula, especially the later the fight goes. Barriault is durable, has good cardio and nearly triples Lungiambula in strikes landed per minute. In the end, I see Barriault eventually breaking Lungiambula, winning via TKO.
PICK: Marc-Andre Barriault (-160)
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