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UFC 251 Bets: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov Odds

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov - UFC 251 Betting Preview

Top UFC betting sites see Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Muslim Salikhov very evenly matched for their bout at UFC 251 on July 12, 2020, at the UFC Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. After having his seven-fight winning streak snapped against Li Jingliang last August, Zaleski bounced back. Since dropping his promotional debut, Salikhov has won his last three in a row, two KO. He is coming off a unanimous decision win over Laureano Staropoli last October in Singapore.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov Odds UFC 251

FighterOdds
Dos Santos-110
Salikhov-120


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Betting Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos

The best online sportsbooks have Capoeira at -110. dos Santos enters with a 22-6 record. He has won 64% of his fights by knockout. dos Santos has won eight of his last nine fights. And is coming off a March win over Alexey Kunchenko. dos Santos averages 4.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 39%. He is averaging 0.65 takedowns with an accuracy of 20%. dos Santos is coming off a decision win at UFC Fight Night 170. He landed 74 total strikes and produced two takedowns.

dos Santos has won each of his last four decisions. He is 8-2 in his UFC career. dos Santos is a born striker with a background in Muay Thai and a black belt in BJJ. He relies on quick combinations and top athleticism. Few fighters in this sport are as good with their legs and knees. dos Santos has an array of strikes in his arsenal. He can be a little wild and unpredictable. A flying knee or a spinning kick could come at the drop of hat. dos Santos is most comfortable standing up, but he can wrestle on the canvas if need be. All of his three submission victories have come via the rear-naked choke. This will be dos Santos’ first career fight in Abu Dhabi.

Betting Muslim Salikhov

Top sports betting sites have the King of Kung Fu at -120. Salikhov enters with a 16-2 record. He has won 75% of his fights by knockout. Salikhov has won 14 of his last 15 fights. He is coming off an October win over Laureano Staropoli. Salikhov averages 2.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 46%. He is averaging 1.22 takedowns with an accuracy of 42%. Salikhov is coming off an easy decision victory at UFC Fight Night 162. He landed 64 total strikes and produced three takedowns.

Salikhov has won each of his last three fights. He is 3-1 in the UFC. Salikhov is interesting with a background in Wushu Sanda and kickboxing. He’s constantly throwing legs at his opponent. Salikhov has a very busy approach. He will set his opponent up for a rude awakening if he’s not careful. Salikhov has a background in Shuai jiao as well. His wrestling is state of the art. He can hold his own on the ground if necessary. This will be Salikhov’s second career fight in Abu Dhabi.

Dos Santos vs Salikhov at UFC 251 Pick

This is will be one of the more entertaining fights on the card. Both of these guys have high work rates and off the charts knockout power. dos Santos is probably more balanced in terms of attack. He has a wider array of strikes he can use. However, Salikhov is going to chop down on the legs and can also land a body blow that can drop his opponent. This is a toss-up fight with so many similarities. Nonetheless, users of top sports betting sites should give Salikhov a small advantage. The leg kicks should be the difference-maker in this fight.