Umar Nurmagomedov vs Bekzat Almakhan Prediction UFC 3/2

Umar Nurmagomedov vs Bekzat Almakhan Prediction UFC 3/2

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UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev - Bekzat Almakhan vs. Umar Nurmagomedov Preview and Prediction

Prepare for an exhilarating battle as Bekzat "The Turan Warrior" Almakhan takes on Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev, set to occur at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV on March 2, 2024. This highly anticipated showdown features two talented bantamweights looking to make their mark in the division. Let's delve into their backgrounds, recent performances, and make a prediction for this exciting matchup.

 

Bekzat Almakhan - Kazakhstan

  • Height/Weight: 5' 7", 135 lbs
  • Record: 17-1-0 (12 TKO, 1 SUB)
  • Nickname: The Turan Warrior
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Bekzat Almakhan, dubbed "The Turan Warrior," is a powerful striker with an impressive knockout record. With victories over tough opponents like Yan Ferraz and Mateus Rodrigues Gloria, Almakhan has showcased his ability to finish fights with his striking prowess. His aggressive style and precise striking make him a formidable threat in the bantamweight division.

Weaknesses:

While Almakhan's striking is his primary weapon, he may be susceptible to submissions, as seen in his loss to Sultan Zholdoshbekov. Almakhan must remain vigilant in defending against takedowns and ground attacks against skilled grapplers like Nurmagomedov.

 

Umar Nurmagomedov - Russia

  • Height/Weight: 5' 8", 135 lbs
  • Record: 16-0-0 (2 TKO, 7 SUB)
  • Team: AKA (American Kickboxing Academy)
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Reach: 69"

Strengths:

Umar Nurmagomedov boasts an undefeated record with a mix of impressive striking and grappling skills. With notable wins over Raoni Barcelos and Nate Maness, Nurmagomedov has demonstrated his ability to finish fights both on the feet and on the ground. His well-rounded skill set and disciplined approach make him a dangerous opponent for anyone in the bantamweight division.

Weaknesses:

While Nurmagomedov has yet to taste defeat, he may face challenges against aggressive strikers who can disrupt his rhythm and timing. Against Almakhan, Nurmagomedov must utilize his superior grappling to control the pace of the fight and avoid getting drawn into a striking battle where he could be vulnerable.

 

Prediction:

In this highly anticipated matchup, expect a closely contested battle between two skilled fighters. With both Almakhan and Nurmagomedov possessing the ability to finish fights, the over of 1.5 rounds at -200 seems like a solid bet. Both fighters have shown durability and resilience in previous bouts, suggesting that this fight is likely to last beyond the midway point. Anticipate a tactical battle with neither fighter willing to take unnecessary risks early on, leading to the fight going over the 1.5 round mark.

 

Pick: Over 1.5 rounds (-200)

 

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