UFC Fight Night July 9 Betting Preview: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev Bet Picks

UFC Fight Night July 9 Betting Preview: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev Bet Picks

Ryan Knuppel
2 years ago
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On July 9, from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Rafael Dos Anjos (31-13) will be taking on Rafael Fiziev (11-1) in the main event slot of UFC Fight Night.

These two fighters are in the top ten rankings of the UFC lightweight division and look to jump forward into the top 5 of that division with a victory on Saturday night.

The 37-year-old Dos Anjos is coming off a solid performance in a unanimous decision victory over Renato Carneiro. Dos Anjos is making one last run at the lightweight belt and this fight against Fiziev is a big step into the right direction.

Fiziev is making his first appearance of 2022, coming off a beautiful spinning wheel kick KO victory over tough opponent Brad Riddell. A win over an UFC legend will raise his stock and push him towards a title challenger position in the rankings.

UFC Fight Night Betting Odds

In this UFC lightweight main event, Fiziev is the favorite according to MMA odds. Dos Anjos is sitting at +175 and has a lot of value in this matchup. Dos Anjos is a former champion and has about 4X the experience of Fiziev in MMA and will look to show that in the octagon this weekend.

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Rafael Fiziev Betting Outlook

Fiziev is a world class kickboxer and striker. He understands the art of MMA striking and has a big advantage in power and speed over Dos Anjos. The key to this fight will be how well Fiziev defends takedowns from Dos Anjos and if he can inflict damage while standing with Dos Anjos.

Fiziev has a high percentage of knockout victories in his professional combat sports career, while Dos Anjos has submitted about 33 percent of his opponents. This clash of styles makes for a great fight to watch and it will be interesting to see how this fight plays out.

dos Anjos Betting Outlook

Dos Anjos has more of a stationary Muay Thai striking style and Fiziev has a much more movement based striking style. The fighter that can take advantage the most with leg kicks and implementing their own game plan will win this fight. 

Look for Fiziev to be able to hurt Dos Anjos on the feet, while trying to keep the fight standing with Dos Anjos’ unlimited gas tank and wrestling skills. I see this fight being a drawn out technical battle both on the ground and on the feet. 

The last factors to mention in betting on this fight will be the physical factors of both fighters. Dos Anjos is 37 years old and has carried many injuries throughout the recent years with him into the octagon. Fiziev is a much fresher fighter at 28 years old and that might come into play over a 5-round main event. The freshness, along with speed and power, goes in favor of Fiziev. This is something to think about when making a bet on this fight.

Dos Anjos has his championship experience and fight IQ to combat the speed and power disadvantage he will have in the octagon on July 9. But will this be enough to take down the rising contender?

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