Michael Johnson (@1.33) vs Stevie Ray (@3.25)

Our Prediction:

Michael Johnson will win

Michael Johnson – Stevie Ray Match Prediction | 26-10-2019 19:00

In terms of wrestling, Michael Johnson is the not as competent as a wrestler as he takes his opponents to the canvas 0.56 times per 15 min. When it comes to subbing opponents, Johnson is not as skilled of a technician by trying 0.1 submissions per 3 rounds while Ray tries 0.7 submissions per 3 rounds. Ray is finishing his takedowns on 55% of the takedowns he tries and defending 55% of all takedowns attempted on him. Johnson is finishing his takedown attempts on 45% of his attempts and stuffing 78% of the takedowns his opponents attempt.

Johnson walked away from this fight having landed 24 of 128 total strikes. Looking at the significant strike accuracy, he was 13 of 110 aimed at the head. Statistically, Johnson ended up landing 18% of his significant strikes by sticking 24 of 128. He landed 7 of 65 significant strikes to the head. All of the significant strikes connected on by Emmett and by Johnson were done at a distance. In his last appearance in the Octagon, Michael Johnson faced Josh Emmett and walked away in defeat by way of a punch to the head in round 3. In the category of significant strikes, Emmett ended up landing 22 of 87, which gave him a percentage of 25%. Emmett ended up landing 22 of 87 of the strikes he let go in total for this contest.

He has wins over the likes of Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau, Dustin Poirier and is the last man to beat Tony Ferguson but he is 3-6 in his last nine. He has fought killers such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje but squeaked out decisions against Andre Fili and Artem Lobov to pick up some much-needed wins. He then looked great against Josh Emmett in his last fight but got caught with a vicious knockout in the third round. Johnson has an array of qualities, but consistency is not one of them.

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He also has a total of 8 takedowns which is 187th in the UFC and 42nd in the welterweight division. When it comes to strike accuracy, Anthony Pettis ranks 185th in the UFC and 33rd in the welterweight division landing 55.8% of the strikes he throws. Pettis completes 44.4% of his takedown attempts which is 187th in the UFC and 36th of all athletes in his division. He ranks 19th of all athletes in his division and 75th in the UFC for significant strikes with 533. Of those significant strikes, 356 of them were directed at the head while 115 of them were aimed at the body which is 21st and 20th respectively of all athletes in his division.

Staropoli, in contrast, takes 4.23 strikes per minute and is dealing 5.03 per minute. The 26-year-old has an arm span of 71". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 70". Staropoli stands 6' 1" and tips the scales at 170 lbs. The 35-year-old will fight at 170 lbs and measures in at 5' 11". The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to his career record of 9-1-0. Salikhov looks to add a win to his career record of 15-2-0. When it comes to takedowns, Muslim Salikhov is thwarting 62% of his opponents' takedown attempts. With reference to striking, Salikhov is taking 1.41 strikes per minute while he connects on 2.05 per minute. Staropoli is taking his opponents down on 100% of the attempts he tries and thwarts 66% of the takedowns his opponents attempt. Another bout to watch is when Laureano Staropoli is set to face off with Muslim Salikhov.

Johnson also curbs 58% of the significant strikes his opponents attempt and Ray is able to defend against 54% of the strikes thrown in his direction. The 33-year-old tips the scales at 155 lbs and stands 5' 10". The southpaw fighter has a reach of 73". The southpaw fighter walks into the cage with a mark of 22-9-0. Concerning the fighter's defense, "The Menace" absorbs 3.82 significant strikes per minute while "Braveheart" absorbs 2.61. Johnson is connecting on 37% of the significant strikes he attempts while Ray is landing 44%. Michael "The Menace" Johnson comes into this bout holding a record of 20-14-0. Stevie "Braveheart" Ray comes in at 5' 10" and steps on the scale at 155 lbs. With respect to significant strikes, Michael Johnson is connecting on 4.15 per min and Stevie Ray is connecting on 3.46 significant strikes per min. The 29-year-old extends his reach 70".

Concerning Octagon experience, Pettis has 16 fights which makes him the less experienced fighter concerning this fight while Diaz has a total of 23 fights in his UFC career. When breaking down the fight with Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz, it's important to understand how the two fighters compare. Anthony Pettis is the more accurate fighter in terms of striking, having landed 55.8% of his punches which means Nate Diaz will look to avoid going shot for shot. With respect to overall experience in MMA, Pettis has 22 victories and 8 losses while Nate Diaz holds an overall mixed martial arts record 20 victories and 11 losses. When speaking about reach, Pettis measures 72.5" while Diaz has a reach of 76.0" meaning Pettis will want to make sure he gets inside so Nate Diaz cannot use his reach. When speaking about their physical qualities, we are going to be looking at Anthony Pettis who is 5'10" while the opponent on the other side of the cage is 6'0". Pettis is the younger fighter in this matchup at 32 years old while Diaz is the older combatant in this fight at 34 years old.

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Other additions to the card include a pair of heavyweight fights. The Ultimate Fighter 28 cast member Maurice Green (8-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) looks to stay unbeaten in the octagon against former Fight Nights Global champion Sergei Pavlovich (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), while Ciryl Gane (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) look to build off a successful UFC debut against newcomer Don'Tale Mayes (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Most of the guys that have beaten me have been big for the weight class but Johnson is probably more my size, plus I am a south paw so it will be interesting to see how he deals with that. I have trained really hard for this fight so it will be good to show people how much better I have got.