Khaos Williams vs Carlston Harris Prediction UFC Picks 5/18

Khaos Williams vs Carlston Harris Prediction UFC Picks 5/18

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UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Murphy - Khaos Williams vs. Carlston Harris Preview and Prediction

On May 18, 2024, the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV, will feature an intriguing welterweight bout between Khaos Williams and Carlston Harris at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Murphy. Both fighters are known for their finishing abilities, making this an exciting matchup. Here's a detailed look at each fighter and a prediction for the outcome.

 

Khaos Williams

  • Height/Weight: 6' 0", 169 lbs
  • Record: 14-3-0 (7 TKO, 1 SUB)
  • Team: Murcielago MMA
  • Nickname: The OxFighter
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Khaos Williams is renowned for his knockout power and aggressive striking. Training out of Murcielago MMA, Williams combines explosive speed with precision, often overwhelming his opponents with a relentless barrage of strikes. His ability to end fights quickly makes him a dangerous adversary in the welterweight division.

Recent Performance:

Williams' recent fights highlight his striking prowess and resilience. He secured a split decision victory over Rolando Bedoya in May 2023, bouncing back from a close split decision loss to Randy Brown in May 2022. His knockout win against Miguel Baeza in November 2021 showcased his knockout power, while his unanimous decision win over Matthew Semelsberger in June 2021 demonstrated his ability to maintain a high pace throughout three rounds.

 

Carlston Harris

  • Height/Weight: 6' 0", 170 lbs
  • Record: 19-5-0 (5 TKO, 6 SUB)
  • Team: Renovacao Fight Team
  • Nickname: Mocambique
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Carlston Harris is a well-rounded fighter with a strong ground game and solid striking. Training out of Renovacao Fight Team, Harris has developed a versatile skill set, excelling in submissions and ground control. His ability to finish fights both on the feet and on the ground makes him a well-rounded threat.

Recent Performance:

Harris is on a two-fight winning streak, with a submission victory over Jeremiah Wells in August 2023 and a unanimous decision win against Jared Gooden in March 2023. Despite a knockout loss to Shavkat Rakhmonov in February 2022, Harris has proven his resilience and ability to bounce back. His knockout win against Impa Kasanganay in September 2021 and submission win over Christian Aguilera in May 2021 further emphasize his finishing capabilities.

 

Prediction:

This fight promises to be a clash of styles, with Williams' striking power against Harris' well-rounded game. While Harris is a formidable opponent with a versatile skill set, Williams' knockout power and aggressive approach give him a significant edge.

Khaos Williams' ability to end fights quickly and decisively will be the key factor in this matchup. His explosive striking can catch Harris off guard, and his ability to maintain pressure will make it difficult for Harris to implement his game plan. Williams' record of seven knockouts in his fourteen wins highlights his finishing ability, making him a constant threat in the stand-up exchanges.

Additionally, Williams has shown improved cardio and fight IQ in his recent bouts, enabling him to maintain his pace throughout the fight. His split decision victory over Bedoya and unanimous decision win over Semelsberger demonstrate his ability to adapt and persevere in tough situations.

Given Williams' knockout power, aggressive style, and recent performances, he is well-positioned to secure a victory against Harris. Expect Williams to utilize his striking to keep Harris at bay and look for an opportunity to land a fight-ending shot.

Pick: Khaos Williams ML -125

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