Inside Look: UFC Saudi Arabia Main Event Betting Breakdown

Inside Look: UFC Saudi Arabia Main Event Betting Breakdown

Inside Look: UFC Saudi Arabia Main Event Betting Breakdown

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the Middleweight championship matchup between Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya recently announced, the winner of the UFC Saudi Arabia main event between former champion Robert Whittaker and rising star Ikram Aliskerov may determine who’s next in line for a title shot.

Whittaker was initially set to fight the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev, but after Chimaev pulled out, Whittaker will now face Ikram Aliskerov. Aliskerov, like Chimaev, has been on an impressive run with a seven-fight win streak.

This fight promises non-stop action from the start, with fans in for a treat as Aliskerov faces his toughest challenge to date.

Aliskerov is a well-rounded menace in the cage. His wrestling is elite, his submission grappling is high-level, his striking is clean and crisp, and he packs a lot of power. However, there are questions about his cardio, as he rarely leaves the first round and tends to slow down when he does.

On the other side, Whittaker has been at the top of the division for a long time. His only recent losses are to former champion Israel Adesanya and current champion Dricus Du Plessis. Since losing the belt, he has cleaned out the rest of the division with wins over five different title challengers, including Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, Jared Cannonier, and Darren Till. Whittaker is a fantastic striker who seamlessly integrates kicks into his combinations, has good wrestling, excellent takedown defense, great movement, and outstanding cardio. 

Striking

In terms of striking, both fighters are closely matched. Aliskerov has slightly more power and is a cleaner counter-striker, while Whittaker tends to throw with more volume and is more likely to initiate and lead striking exchanges.

Aliskerov’s combinations are crisp and fast, with clean, straight punches that make him an effective counter-striker. However, his striking output diminishes as fights progress, and his striking defense is not the best, as many opponents have found success at range before he finishes them.

Whittaker, on the other hand, has more weapons on his feet. He possesses a clean jab, effective 1-2 combinations, and seamlessly mixes head kicks into his attacks. Like Aliskerov, he has great counters, but unlike Aliskerov, his striking output is consistently high.

Aliskerov might have success countering Whittaker early and has the power to potentially knock him out in the first or second round. However, if he doesn’t, Whittaker should be able to outpace and outwork him, landing more frequently and cleaner.

Grappling

The grappling in this fight should be close and competitive. Aliskerov is likely the better offensive wrestler, with fast and well-timed takedowns and a strong submission grappling game. Whittaker will need to be cautious whenever the fight hits the mat.

However, Whittaker’s takedown defense is excellent, and he is very difficult to hold down due to his great get-up game. Additionally, he has his own wrestling skills to rely on if he feels uncomfortable on the feet.

If the fight goes to the ground, Aliskerov is likely to have more success, but taking Whittaker down and keeping him there will be a significant challenge.

Cardio

Considering this is a five-round main event, cardio is crucial. Whittaker has extensive five-round experience against top competition and rarely slows down. He easily has the better cardio and has been preparing for a five-round fight against a strong grappler in Chimaev, so the change in opponent to Aliskerov shouldn’t bother him much as Aliskerov is a similar matchup. 

On the other hand, Aliskerov has never been in a five-round fight and has only gone a full three rounds three times in sixteen fights. He has shown signs of slowing down in past fights, particularly against Chad Hanekom. Additionally, he is taking this fight on short notice, originally being scheduled to fight Andre Muniz and then Antonio Trocoli last week at UFC Vegas 93. This means he was preparing for a lower level of competition and not a five-round fight. His prolonged weight cut could also affect his cardio.

Prediction

Aliskerov is likely to come out strong and have early success, possibly even hurting Whittaker on the feet. However, due to the cardio dynamic, Whittaker should be able to take over as the fight progresses and secure the win. His takedown defense should allow him to keep the fight standing, where he will be the more effective striker. As Aliskerov slows down, a late finish for Whittaker wouldn’t be surprising. If not, Whittaker should win by decision.

Pick: Robert Whittaker by Decision


SHOP Mystery Signed Memorabilia

LATEST

  • NEWS
  • |
  • ARTICLES
  • |
  • VIDEOS
img_articles

When is Paddy Pimblett's Next UFC Fight?

img_articles

Unveiling Bob Sapp's NFL Career: Did the Renown...

img_articles

An In-Depth Breakdown: Why Mike Perry Can Defea...

img_articles

Dustin Poirier: Beyond the Octagon - A Look int...

img_articles

What is Andrei Arlovski's Net Worth?

img_articles

What Belt is Jason Momoa in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

img_articles

Does Keanu Reeves Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

img_articles

Differences Between Jujitsu and Brazilian Jiu-J...

img_articles

The Rise of Dana White's Power Slap: A New Era ...

img_articles

What is Jorge Masvidal's Net Worth in 2024?

img_articles

What is Nick Diaz's Net Worth in 2024?

img_articles

Why Did Conor McGregor Drop Out of UFC 303?

img_articles

What is the Highest Attendance at Pride FC?

img_articles

Did UFC Buy Pride FC?

img_articles

The Rise and Fall of Pride Fighting Championshi...

img_articles

Conor McGregor: Documenting His Roots in Ireland

img_articles

Jared Leto: A Breakdown of the Ultimate UFC Fan

img_articles

Tito Ortiz: A Legendary Journey in Mixed Martia...

img_articles

Where Is Dana White From?

img_articles

Seth Rollins Returns to WWE Raw: A Deep Dive in...

img_articles

How Did Suga Sean O'Malley Become Friends With ...

img_articles

Are Smelling Salts Allowed in the UFC?

img_articles

UFC's Historic Debut in Saudi Arabia: Impact an...

img_articles

Why Is Paige VanZant So Polular in Combat Sports?

img_articles

What is Sean O Malley's Walk-Around Weight?

img_articles

How Tall Really Is Hasbulla?

img_articles

Michael Chandler: Unveiling His Diet and Traini...

img_articles

What Makes Conor McGegor Such A Controversial F...

img_articles

Is Jon "Bones" Jones Married? Unraveling the Pe...

img_articles

Dustin and Jolie Poirier: A Journey of Love, Sa...

img_articles

Conor McGregor and Dee Devlin: The Power Couple...

img_articles

How Did UFC Rise to Popularity?

img_articles

What Famous Movie Was Mike Tyson an Actor in?

img_articles

The Cancellation of the McGregor vs. Chandler F...

img_articles

Sean O'Malley: What Is the Origin of the "Suga"...

img_articles

What is Jon Jones' Diet and Nutrition for Optim...

img_articles

Is the McGregor vs Chandler the Most Hyped UFC ...

img_articles

Conor McGregor's Diet and Fitness Regimen: Unve...

img_articles

Exploring the Potential Relationship Between Al...

img_articles

Impa Kasanganay: A Fighters Journey to Redempti...

img_articles

Zabit Magomedsharipov: What Caused His Mysterio...

img_articles

Michael Chandler's Upcoming Fight Vs. Connor Mc...

img_articles

What Did Jon Anik Do Before the UFC?

img_articles

What Was Conor McGregor's Job Before UFC?

img_articles

How Much Does Joe Rogan as a Caster in the UFC?

img_articles

Fedor Emelianenko: The Reign of 'The Last Emperor'

img_articles

Demetrious Johnson: The Unstoppable Legacy of '...

img_articles

Jose Aldo: The Featherweight Legend

img_articles

Wanderlei Silva: The Axe Murderer in MMA

FAN ARCH PODCAST NETWORK

nothing

Mystery Signed Memorabilia

//script of featured and trending tab div