UFC Fight Night 184: Overeem vs Volkov Fight Picks

Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Mark Hunt during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 209, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

 

When two elite heavyweights clash, it always makes for an entertaining affair. With Overeem hinting at the fact that this is quite possibly his last run at a UFC Heavyweight title, you can expect him to come out guns blazing on Saturday, which likely means an empathic finish to this fight. Whether he is on the giving end, or the receiving end. 

Alistar Overeem (+154) vs Alexander Volkov (-192)

If there is one thing Alistar Overeem has shown the fanbase over the years it’s that you can never count him out. Throughout his professional MMA career that spans across 66 matches and begun in 1999, we’ve seen The Reem go through it all. Multiple world championships across multiple promotions, from scoring the biggest knockout wins to being on the receiving end of horrible knockout losses . Having been thought to be in the latter stages of his career , The Reem finds himself once again in a prime position for another UFC Championship Title Fight with a win on over Alexander Volkov.

It may not be as extensive as Overeem’s career, but Volkov certainly isn’t a rookie in the game. With 40 professional MMA bouts under his belt, The Russian kickboxer is positioned to get arguably the biggest win of his career on Saturday. With 21 of his 32 wins coming via way of KO//TKO, it’s no secret what he intends to do. The striking realm is incredibly dangerous to deal with in the first place ,but in the heavyweight division, it’s exponentially more dangerous of a game to play. The better striker doesn’t always when, when you have big men with small gloves, oftentimes someone is going to fall.

At the end of the day

If this were purely a striking match up, most would be inclined to favor Overeem because of his professional kickboxing experience and sheer power advantage . But with Overeem now training with Team Elevation, he is presumably putting a lot of work into his wrestling/grappling, if his most recent fights are any indication.

Overeem is a good fanduel underdog pick in this fight, he is a risk-taker which sometimes pays off and sometimes gets him in trouble. But should he decide to implement his freshly sharpened wrestling, he could opt to make it a long night for Volkov. Who is good and active off his back, but in trouble against the ever-improving grappling of The Reem.

Pick: Alistair Overeem 

Cory Sandhagen (-480) vs Frankie Edgar (+350)

The fanduel betting odds have Cory Sandhagen as the heavy favorite to win over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Momentum-wise, the edge most certainly goes to Sandhagen who has a freshly minted highlight-reel spinning wheel kick knock out the victory over the uber dangerous Marlon Moraes . Sandhagen likes to maintain the distance, has very fast leg kicks that he will likely be brave enough to throw against Edgar. Sandhagen has clean boxing to boot and uses his range effectively with the jab and check hook. 

Perhaps Sandhagen should be a fanduel betting favorite, but not by this wide of a margin. Edgar is the underdog pick of the night for sure. The fast blitzing style of Edgar is conducive to eating a lot of shots when against a sharp striker like Sandhagen. But the precision like jab of Sandhgan won’t do much for him when he is on his back. 

At the end of the day

The trajectory of these two careers is maybe different by Edgar being in his 14th year with the UFC, whereas Sandhgaen is climbing the ranks of the bantamweight division for the first time. But their vigor for the competition is the same, Edgar may be a step slower than he used to be on the feet but his wrestling isn’t really any less effective. Should he lead with his base, it’ll be a lot of underdog betters cashing in. 

Pick: Frankie Edgar 

Cody Stamann (-400) vs Askar Askar(+300)

Short notice replacements have been apart of MMA since its inception. But it’s never been more prevalent than it is right now. In the Covid area of the sport, it’s common to lose a fight on a couple of days notice, the good news for the fighters outside the promotion is that it means there are a lot of opportunities to be had. Taking advantage of such opportunities is Askar Askar when he makes his promotional debut against Cody Stamann. Askar’s compiled an 11-1 record outside of the UFC. Has demonstrated beautiful boxing skills, with accurate and frequently used uppercuts. Stamann is the more well-rounded fighter with a grappling heavy game, tough as nails. But perhaps the lesser striker of the two.

At the end of the day 

Whenever the new fighter who nobody knows ends the fold, they are the underdog by default. When the circumstances around the fighter are that it is on extremely short notice, it only furthers the gap in the odds. But the reality is, these two may not be that far apart skill-wise. But it’s Stamann that has the experience against a higher caliber of competition, under the brightest lights and probably the most prepared for Saturday night. Which will be enough to edge out the competition.

Pick: Cody Stamann

 Diego Ferreira (-122) vs Beneil Dariush (+100)

 When these two fought 7 years ago, Dariush won. But a lot has changed since 2014, both fighters have had their ups and downs and have come into their own now riding impressive win streaks. With Dariush being on a 5 fight win streak, with a streak of two knockout wins in a row, and Ferreira currently riding a 6 fight winning streak, these two are about to collide once again at the peak of their respective careers.

At the end of the day  

Dariush has show-stopping power in his hands, and it’s always a factor. Ferreira’s only losses come to Dariush and Dustin Poirier. Both fighters are decorated grapplers, on paper, this is as close of a matchup as you’ll see, hence the fanduel betting odds. But it’s Dariush who has the momentum, and it’ll be the difference maker on route to the victory. 

Pick: Beneil Dariush

Michael Johnson (-235) vs Clay Guida (+186)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fighter currently on the roster that’s as experienced as Clay Guida under the UFC banner. After making his promotional debut at UFC 64 over 14 years ago, Guida has gone on to compete 29 times in the showing taking on the who’s who of the lightweight division with varying success. Having earned wins over the likes of Nate Diaz, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Anthony Pettis, Guida has never had an easy outing. He enters this fight having lost 3 of his last 4 and hoping to snap a 2 fight losing skid.

Michael Johnson hasn’t been around as long as Guida, but he has had his fair share of experience by now. With over 10 years with the UFC , he has been fighting the very best competition the 155 weight class has to offer since he came off of the ultimate fighter. With victories of Tony Ferguson, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, and Dustin Poirier.

At The End of the Day 

Johnson has hit several rough patches over his career, and he currently finds himself in said patch coming into this fight riding a 3 fight losing streak. Despite this and all of the battles he has been through, there is a lot of runway left to his career. The technical boxing skills he possesses coupled with the power he packs will give him the edge. Guida will look to grind against the cage, and possibly get the fight to the mat to zap Johnson’s energy and fluster him in the process. But even if Guida hits the takedown, Johnson will get back up and punch his way to victory.

 Pick: Michael Johnson

Overeem has cemented himself as an MMA legend before he entered the UFC in 2011, but if he can even so much as earn another crack at the UFC Heavyweight championship he would be in a league of his own. An impressive win on Saturday puts him in the mix of the title picture, one last crack at the ultimate glory before calling it a career.

Are you ready to make your fight picks? Head over to fanduel and enter the fight night contest for this weekend!

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