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Posted at 11:30 AM EST
UFC 255 - UFC APEX - Las Vegas, NV
Jared Gooden +130 over Alan Jouban
Streaming: Prelims ESPN, PPV BT Sport 1
7:40 PM EST. Jared Gooden makes his Octagon debut tonight and he appears to have the tools necessary to compete in the UFC. "Nite Train" is a former Titan FC competitor where he was a contender for the promotion's championship. Gooden was actually set to make his debut in August, but injuries delayed his first walkout in the UFC. The résumé that caught the UFC's eye includes wins in 10 of his last 12 fights, with two of those wins coming by submission and his last fight ending in a TKO victory. The scouting report on "Nite Train" is that he’s a striker that enjoys mixing in kicks with his punches with a fondness for attacking his opponent's lead leg. As a grappler, he has shown some prowess, as is evident by his submission wins. He also has a strong takedown game that can lead to some devastating ground and pound.
Across from the newcomer will be UFC veteran Alan Jouban. Jouban has been on the sidelines for a long time, which is always a concern because cage rust is real. A quick glance at Jouban's résumé is going to make him look much better than he is, as he has some "good" losses to the likes of Niko Price and Gunner Nelson, while also notching decent wins over Ben Saunders, Mike Perry and Belal Muhammad. The only problem is those fights were all YEARS ago. Jouban hasn't seen the inside of the Octagon since a split decision loss to Dwight Grant way back at UFC 236 in April of 2019. His last win (over Saunders by knockout) came over 2½-years ago in February of 2018. Dude has fought twice in a 38-month stretch. That's not the type of situation that has us eager to spot a price. "Nite Train" appears to be in a great spot to pick up his first win in his first UFC fight, sending us to the pay window in the process.
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Jared Gooden +130 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.60)