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UFC 293 Betting Preview: Tyson Pedro vs. Anton Turkalj

September 9, 2023


UFC 293 is on the horizon, brimming with enticing betting prospects. Among the matchups that promise exciting wagering possibilities, the light heavyweight showdown between Tyson Pedro and Anton Turkalj during the main card's opening bout stands out.


  • Location: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia

  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023

  • Main Card: 10:00 PM ET (PPV)

  • Prelims: 8:00 PM ET (ESPN/ESPN+)

  • Early Prelims: 6:30 PM ET (ESPN+)

Tyson Pedro Betting Preview

Pedro is returning to the octagon after a unanimous decision defeat to Modestas Bukauskas back in February of this year at UFC 284. This snapped his previous two-fight winning streak spanning back to April of last year.

His resume showcases nine victories, with four by knockout and five by submission. All of those have been first round finishes and half of his four losses have come by decision.

His striking precision shines brightly, boasting an impressive 62 percent accuracy, while his takedown success rate stands at a respectable 36 percent. He consistently lands an average of 2.96 significant strikes per minute, absorbing just 2.49, maintaining a marginally favorable ratio.

Furthermore, his defense against significant strikes is solid at 54 percent, and he repels takedowns with a 53 percent success rate. On top of that, he manages to secure an average of 0.97 takedowns and attempt 0.97 submissions during every 15-minute bout.

Anton Turkalj Betting Preview

Turkalj has lost his previous two battles, which he has yet to win in the UFC since winning his Dana White’s Contender Series fight. His recent defeat was a unanimous decision against Victor Petrino back in March of this year at the UFC Fight Night 221.

To date, he has notched up eight triumphs in his career, comprising five explosive knockouts, two submissions, and one hard-fought decision victory. Remarkably, five of these wins were settled within the opening round, although he did endure a single loss each via submission and a decision outcome.

His striking accuracy stands out at an impressive 59 percent, while his takedown accuracy is a solid 52 percent. On average, he delivers 1.60 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.18, resulting in a less-than-favorable ratio.

When it comes to defending against significant strikes, he boasts a respectable 51 percent success rate. However, his defense against takedowns sits at a challenging 17 percent. Additionally, he typically executes 6.97 takedowns for every 15 minutes of fight time.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie is currently showing that these two are closely matched, indicating a toss up for odds. The good news is that this should be an entertaining battle since they stack up well.


  • Anton Turkalj: -110

  • Tyson Pedro: -110

Tyson Pedro has been more appealing in the UFC, whereas Turkalj has yet to win here. Look for Pedro to win by knockout.

Final Pick: Take Tyson Pedro to Win at -110