The Line: Sean O’Malley (-350) v Thomas Almeida (+280)
After a disappointing outing in Sean O’Malley’s (12-0) last fight with Chito Vera I expect a refocused “Sugar Sean” tonight. Thomas Almeida (22-4) is on a three-fight losing streak and has dropped the last four out of five fights. However, Almeida has a 95% finish rate in his career. Both of these fighters are vicious mixed martial artists and true to their craft.
O’Malley has a higher striking accuracy at 57% opposed to Almeida at an underwhelming 44% clip. Both fighters have a 64% striking defense. O’Malley averages 1 takedown per 15 minutes opposed to Almeida’s flat 0 at takedowns per 15 minutes.
Based on the metrics and current form of both fighters I anticipate this being primarily a stand-up fight and not lasting much longer than 2 rounds.
Preston’s Best Bet: How Will The Fight End? KO/TKO (-135)
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