UFC on ESPN 23 ‘Reyes vs. Prochazka’: Preston’s Best Bets+Precise Picks

We begin in the prelims of this stacked 11-fight card with Andreas Michailidis (12-4) versus K.B. Bhullar (8-1). In Andras Michaildis UFC debut he landed 23 significant strikes, 5 more than his opponent Modest Bukauskas but was finished in the first round. KB Bhullar was stopped quickly in his UFC debut by Tom Breese. Landing only 2 significant strikes before going down in the first round.

The Line: Andreas Michailidis (-240) vs. K.B. Bhullar (+198)

Both men have worked hard to get another crack at a chance to position themselves in the middleweight division. Michalidis has the sharper hands with a 58% KO/TKO Rate in 12 wins. K.B. Bhullar is not far behind with a 50% KO/TKO in 8 wins. K.B. Bhullar has a 4″ height advantage and 3″ inch reach advantage he will look to utilize in this bout. Both of these men will look to make a statement and continue to climb the division. This is my pick for Odd Man Out’s ‘slug fest’ of the night.

I believe this fight will end before the halfway mark of the second round and quite possibly in the first round.

Preston’s Best Bet: UNDER 1.5 Total Rounds (-102)

Since you are the valued audience; I have to give you one more play—on this fabulous fight card—to lay a sprinkle on late in the night. We are going all-out here at Odd Man Out with a pick for the Ion Cutelaba 15-6-0 (1 NC) versus Dustin Jacoby (14-5) bout.

The Line: Ion Cutelaba (-126) vs. Dustin Jacoby (+108)

Ion Cutelaba is a fighter I love to watch. However, “The Hulk” has lost his last two bouts by KO/TKO in the first round and lost his last three out of five fights.

Dustin Jacoby’s rise to the UFC spotlight has been enjoyable. He enters this fight on a three-fight win streak under the promotion (including DWCS) and has shown he can go the distance inside the octagon.

Both of these fighters are looking to put each others lights out. However, that will not come easily for either fighter. In 14 wins Jacoby has a 64% KO/TKO Rate. In 15 wins Cutelaba has a 80% KO/TKO Rate.

Jacoby has a 64% striking defense. Opposed to Cutelaba who bolsters a 48% striking defense and tends to keep his hand down to lure in his opponents.

Both of these men have incredible chins. I see this fight keeping a strong pace before either man is finished. Jacoby has an average fight time of 11 minutes and 13 seconds inside the UFC octagon. While Ion Cutelaba has an average fight time of 6 minutes and 55 seconds.

For this bet to land we need this fight to make it over the halfway mark of the second round.

Preston’s Sprinkle Bet: OVER 1.5 Total Rounds (-126)

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