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Shavkat Rakhmonov (Inside the distance) +250 over Charles Oliveira
Posted at 11:00 AM EST.
Alex Oliveira is no stranger to anyone that follows this sport. Oliveira is a big deal in both Brazil and North America. He always has some buzz around him because he’s always worth the price of admission. The “Cowboy” is on a two-fight win streak after a unanimous decision and a split decision over Peter Sobotta and Max Griffin respectively. In fact, Oliveira’s last four fights have gone to the scorecards, which is why we’re getting the favorite here at such a great price to finish “Cowboy” off. Oliveira has such a high output that his cardio starts fading out as the fight goes on. When Oliveira loses, it’s almost always inside the distance because he cannot keep up that pace. Survive the first round against him and the chances for getting him out of there increases. The “Cowboy” is getting some play here because his opponent is making his UFC debut and is not nearly as well-known.
Rakhmonov is going to be a difficult fight for the “Cowboy”. “Nomad” has great head movement, great striking, he moves side to side well and he can push back and forth too. That’s a rare combo. A striker usually moves back and forth well and not side to side well or vice versa but not Rakhmonov, he moves like a cat on his feet in all directions extremely well. Rakhmonov is 12-0 but has not fought anyone of Alex Oliveira’s caliber but that’s not Nomad’s fault. He can only fight who they put in front of him. He’s also finished all 12 fighters that he’s faced and we’re betting that if he wins here, it won’t go to the scorecards.
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Shavkat Rakhmonov (Inside the distance) +250 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 5.00)