Stats To Know: UFC on ESPN+ 24 Blaydes vs Dos Santos

Stats To Know: UFC on ESPN+ 24 Blaydes vs Dos Santos

The UFC’s second stop in 2020 is in the city of Raleigh, NC where there will be a Heavyweight clash between two championship contenders in Curtis Blaydes and Junior Dos Santos. This is a very good looking fight night card as we have some great matchups like Rafael Dos Anjos vs Michael Chiesa, Jordan Espinosa vs Alex Perez and Brett Johns vs Tony Gravely just to name a few. With that said let’s dig deep into this fight card, where we give all the stats to know for each matchup.

Curtis Blaydes vs. Junior Dos Santos

This is a great fight between two top 5 ranked Heavyweight contenders. Curtis Blaydes and Junior Dos Santos currently have different trajectories in their current stance in the Heavyweight division. Blaydes is coming off of back to back wins while Dos Santos is coming off a knockout loss. With that said both of these do have one thing in common, both of their recent losses were knockouts by none other than Francis Ngannou. This is a classic striker vs grappler matchup and one that truly could go one way or another with just one single punch. There will be fireworks from start to finish in this one and it is a great main event in Raleigh, NC.

Stats To Know:

  • Blaydes has UFC records in takedowns landed (42) and takedown accuracy (60%)
  • Dos Santos is 3rd the UFC record books with 80% takedown defense
  • Blaydes out-strikes his opponents by 6% with a 1.59-1 striking ratio

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Michael Chiesa

This is a much better co-main event than we just witnessed at UFC 246. This will be a very competitive fight and much more than odds reflect. After a failing to make the weight cut by both fighters at Lightweight they are now meeting each other at Welterweight. Dos Anjos has fought a murderous row since moving up to Welterweight whereas Chiesa had the easy task of taking out two over the hill fighters in Diego Sanchez and Carlos Condit. Chiesa has a tall task in front of him but he is always game which makes this absolutely a great co-main event.

Stats To Know:

  • Dos Anjos has never lost a fight in his UFC career via submission (RDA is a BJJ black belt)
  • 12 of Chiesa’s 19 wins (63%) have come by submission
  • Dos Anjos out-strikes his opponents by 7% while Chiesa gets out-struck by his opponents by 8%

Jordan Espinosa vs Alex Perez

Two top flyweight prospects face off in what will be a high pace striking affair. I was quite high on Alex Perez coming into his fight on the Contender Series and he didn’t disappointment winning his fight by anaconda choke and then rattling off a 4-1 UFC record with his lone loss coming to title challenger Joseph Benavidez. Jordan Espinosa showed a lot of promise coming into his UFC debut against Eric Shelton but then the hype got derailed by a first round submission loss to Matthew Schnell in his most recent bout. I expect a very high paced striking and grappling match here that should be a fight that the fans will enjoy.

Stats To Know:

  • Perez averages 3.13 takedowns per 15 minutes while attempting 6.66 takedowns over that time
  • Espinosa out-strikes his opponents by 13%
  • Perez lands 4.68 strikes per minute while throwing a ton of volume at 9.75 strikes per minute

Hannah Cifers vs Angela Hill

This isn’t the most exciting fight on the card but it contains two fighters that the fans do love. Hannah Cifers has a calm and shy demeanor about her before and after the fight but when she is in that cage she is ready to throw down with anyone. Angela Hill has always been the spunky outgoing fighter that the fans love because she brings that attitude in the octagon and always puts on a show. This is truly a 50/50 fight that I see could possibly go either way which makes for an interesting bout.

Stats To Know:

  • Hill out-strikes her opponents by a great mark of 15%
  • Both Cifers (10.68 strikers per min) and Hill (11.76 strikes per min) throw a ton of volume
  • Both Cifers (0.41 takedowns per 15 mins) and Hill (0.39 takedowns per 15 mins) average less than 1 takedown per fight

Jamahal Hill vs Darko Stosic

There is a ton of hype surrounding debuting fighter Jamahal Hill who’s coming off of an impressive dominant victory on the Contender Series. He is a promising prospect given the current state of the Light Heavyweight division but he has yet to be tested in his young 6 fight professional career. Darko Stosic on the other hand is coming into this fight off of two consecutive losses after a dominant UFC debut. Stosic has been training with headliner Curtis Blaydes for this fight over at Elevation Fight Team in Denver, CO. It will be interesting to see if Stosic will come out with a grapple heavy approach and if he can implement that game plan without gassing out in the process. Being as these two are heavy handed fighters that do love to throw down this should be a fire fight from the very beginning.

Stats To Know:

  • Stosic averages 2.26 takedowns and attempts 5.95 takedowns per 15 mins
  • In Hill’s contender series fight (skewed numbers), he landed 9.81 strikes per min while out striking his opponent by 8%
  • Stosic out strikes his opponent by 5% but doesn’t throw a ton of volume at just 6.22 strikes thrown per min

Bevon Lewis vs Dequan Townsend

Another Contender Series alumni Bevon Lewis had a ton of hype coming into the UFC with his devastating finish against Alton Cunningham. Lewis had drawn comparisons to Jon Jones because of his fighting style and them being training partners over at Jackson Wink MMA. He then followed up that hype with two bad performances which at the time has derailed the hype surrounding him. In comes Dequan Townsend who lost his short notice bout against the African power of Dulcha Lungiambula. It’s going to be interesting to see if we will see a much improved Townsend with a full camp behind him.

Stats To Know:

  • Lewis lands 4.71 strikes per min while throwing 10.47 strikes per min
  • Townsend was taken down 4 times and out-struck by 19 strikes in his UFC debut
  • Lewis has yet to have to defend a takedown in his short UFC career and is also 0-5 on his takedown attempts

Arnold Allen vs Nik Lentz

The rising prospect vs the veteran is how this fight should be labeled. Arnold Allen is sporting a 15-1 record and a perfect UFC record of 6-0 beating the likes of Amirkhani, Burnell and Melendez in 3 of his 6 fights. That is some tough competition for someone with just 6 fights with the organization. Lentz on the other hand has been there done that in the UFC during his tenure as he’s beaten and lost to some of the best fighters in the UFC’s Featherweight and Lightweight divisions. Both Allen and Lentz were supposed to fight different opponents (both got injured) so now they are slated to face off with one another. It’s going to be interesting to see Lentz moving back down to Featherweight and how Allen responds to the relentless takedown pressure of Lentz.

Stats To Know:

  • Allen is out-striking his opponents by 5% with a 1.23-1 striking ratio
  • Lentz averages 3.59 takedowns landed while attempting 10.56 takedowns per 15 mins
  • Allen has been taken down 11 times (3 fights) in his UFC career

Justine Kish vs Lucie Pudilova

We take our talents to the women’s flyweight division in this one. Justine Kish vs Lucie Pudilova isn’t a fight to write home about but it is a fight on this card nonetheless. Pudilova is one tough chick and will walk through punches to get on the inside and land her shots. Kish came into the UFC riding a 2 fight win streak with wins over Nina Ansaroff and Ashley Yoder but she is now on a 2 fight losing streak. Both fighters are desperately in need of a win here which might bring out the best in both of them.

Stats To Know:

  • Pudilova lands 4.56 strikes per minute while throwing 12 strikes per minute
  • Kish out strikes her opponents by 8%
  • Pudilova gets out struck by her opponents by 10%

Montel Jackson vs Felipe Colares

This fight seems to be a layup fight given to Montel Jackson when he takes on Felipe Colares. The UFC is trying to push Jackson as one of their top prospects in the bantamweight division and rightfully so as he has won 2 straight with his most recent win, a drubbing of Andre Soukhamthath. Colares is a tough out for anyone sporting a 9-1 record and never being finished. Jackson is the biggest favorites on the card and Colares will be looking to be the second biggest underdog to win in the UFC in 2020.

Stats To Know:

  • Jackson out-strikes his opponents by 5% while having an outrageous 2-1 striking ratio and absorbing only 1.87 strikes per minute
  • Colares through two UFC fights averages 2.50 takedowns per 15 minutes
  • Jackson has a massive 6″ reach advantage and 5 of his 8 wins have come via KO/TKO

Sara McMann vs Lina Lansberg

This is an interesting fight between two veterans in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division. McMann is coming off of a 23 month layoff due to the birth of her child and injuries that have set her back. Before that she was coming off of 2 consecutive come from behind losses against Ketlen Vieira and Marion Reneau. Lina Lansberg on the other hand is coming off of 2 consecutive victories that were quite impressive. She derailed the hype train and defied the odds to beat Macy Chiasson and then dominating long time veteran Tonya Evinger. I am eager to see if the ring rust will play a pivotal role in McMann’s return, which makes this fight a good one.

Stats To Know:

  • McMann averages 4.67 takedowns per 15 minutes and is successful on 66% of her takedown attempts
  • Lansberg has successfully defended 7 of 8 takedown attempts in her last 2 fights
  • McMann gets out-struck by her opponents by 9%

Brett Johns vs Tony Gravely

This is my pick for fight of the night between these two bantamweights. I am a big fan of both Brett Johns and Tony Gravely and this is a fight all of the fans will not want to miss out on. Johns is coming into this fight off of a 17 month layoff due to injuries sustained to his leg from his fight with Pedro Munhoz. He is currently riding a 2 fight losing streak but only to high level competition in Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz. Gravely is making his much anticipated UFC debut after smashing through his Contender Series opponent Ray Rodriguez. Gravely has been working through the ranks on the regional scene and finally got the call after a 7 fight win streak with all wins coming inside the distance. This has fireworks written all over it, get ready!

Stats To Know:

  • Johns lets his opponents out land him by a 1.33-1 striking ratio
  • Johns averages 3.72 takedowns while being successful on 48% of his takedowns per 15 minutes
  • In the 2.5 rounds Gravely fought on the Contender Series he out-struck his opponent by 25% while averaging 3.67 takedowns with a 67% accuracy

Herbert Burns vs Nate Landewhr

We start off the fight night with a banger between Herbert Burns and Nate Landewhr. Younger brother of Gilbert Burns and BJJ world champion Herbert Burns comes into this fight with a ton of hype surrounding him. Burns is coming off of a first round submission over Derek Minner in his Contender Series fight to solidify himself a contract in the UFC. Newcomer Landewhr is coming over from the Russian M-1 Global MMA promotion where he was the reigning defending Featherweight champion. Landewhr fights like an absolute mad man inside the cage and is a fighter that I believe will be staple in the Featherweight division for quite some time win or lose. It’s going to be interesting to see if Burns can get this fight to the mat to get the easy submission win or Landewhr can keep this fight on the feet where he has a massive advantage.

Stats To Know:

  • Of Landewhr’s 13 wins, 8 of them are by KO/TKO
  • Burns has finished 7 of his 9 wins by submission
  • One of Landewhr’s 2 losses have come via rear-naked choke by wrestling standout and Contender Series alumni Gabriel Cherico

That’s all we have for you guys this week. If you are looking to get The Fight Analyst’s full fight card just head over to our packages by clicking the button below and let’s get started! Also don’t forget to check out The Fighter & The Analyst LIVE this Saturday at 4 PM EST where GK The Fight Analyst and “The Joker” Peter Petties will be recapping UFC 246, talk all things MMA and give you their predictions and bets for this weekend’s fights.

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