Expect KO in Back-and-Forth Fight
Before Derrick Lewis and Sergey Spivak brawl, until one falls, we’ll have ourselves some kung fu fighting. The “King of Kung Fu” himself, Muslim Salikhov, will test his skills against a fellow striker Andre Fialho. Much how the fight is supposed to play out, the UFC betting lines have gone back and forth and now lean on Fialho.
Fialho Hunts For Another Knockout
Fialho is a prizefighter. This man will either knock his opponent out or get knocked out trying. Seven of his last eight fights have ended with someone unconscious. Unfortunately for him, he was on the wrong end of it against Jake Matthews. But the circumstances did not favor him here
The 28-year-old was fighting his third fight in as many months. He also fought a complete MMA fighter and one with more UFC experience. Against Salikhov, Fialho will have rested for five months against a striker with fewer years of experience in the UFC than Matthews.
This should be an easier fight for Fialho, yet the online UFC sports betting odds were originally against him. Sure, Fialho got starched against Matthews. But so did Salikhov. Fialho is also the younger fighter so he has likely recovered faster.
Salikhov Can’t Play With Fialho
Many will wonder how much more effective Salikhov would have been had he entered the UFC a few years earlier. But at this point, the 38-year-old is an old man compared to his peers. That has not mattered in most of his fights as he’s handily beaten younger fighters. But coming off a brutal KO, Salikhov’s advanced age may be to his detriment.
The King of Kung Fu should be the better striker on paper. However, he is also not that prolific or powerful given his title. He only lands a hair over three significant strikes per minute. And, ironically, he may need to use his wrestling to help him win.
Salikhov utilized takedowns to beat the experienced kickboxer, Francisco Trinaldo. He was smart enough not to play with a dangerous striker. If he is to beat Fialho, he’ll need to mix it up as well. Considering where the lines are moving, he may be worth UFC betting online.
Salikhov vs Fialho Head-to-Head
The biggest disparity between Salikhov and Fialho is their size. Fialho is only an inch taller but he has a 5½-inch reach advantage. With both fighters primarily striking, this is quite an advantage. The Portuguese fighter is also 10 years Salikhov’s junior.
Salikhov vs Fialho Fight Information
- Fighters: Salikhov (18-3-0) vs Fialho (16-5-0)
- Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 19th, 5:10 p.m. ET
- Salikhov vs Fialho Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
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Salikhov vs Fialho Betting Lines
Salikhov vs Fialho Picks & Prediction
The betting lines move toward Fialho for good reason: He is longer, stronger, and younger than Salikhov. The Russian is more technical as a striker. But as his fight with Li Jingliang showed, he can be beaten if Fialho is aggressive and cuts off his space.
At the Apex, with a small octagon, Fialho will smother Salikhov and catch him with something to put him down. Bet on Fialho to finish Salikhov and, additionally, the prop on this fight not going to a decision could also be the best UFC bet.
Muslim Salikhov is listed at -115 in our Vegas UFC lines. This means that if you wager $100 on him, you have a chance to win $87. Andre Fialho is -115, offering a chance to win $87 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Salikhov a 53.49% chance to win, with Fialho at 53.49%. Bet on UFC Right Away!