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UFC 294 Betting Preview: Javid Basharat vs. Victor Henry

October 21, 2023

UFC 294 has plenty of great matchups worth some attention on Saturday, October 21. Coming up soon in the United Arab Emirates, check out the bantamweight battle between Javid Basharat and Victor Henry.

  • Location: Etihad Arena, Yas Island/Yas West United Arab Emirates

  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023

  • Main Card: 2:00 PM ET (ESPN+)

  • Prelims: 10:00 AM ET (ESPN+)

Javid Basharat Betting Preview

Basharat is currently undefeated through 14 battles and aiming to add another win. His most recent success was a unanimous decision over Mateus Mendonca back at UFC Fight Night 217 in January earlier this year.

He has 14 wins on his resume, which have been compiled by five knockouts, six by submission, and three by decision. He has eight of these wins ending in the first round, making him a deadly opponent to start a fight with.

“The Snow Leopard” has done well when striking, as he lands 60 percent of them. For takedowns, he lands 57 percent of them. His significant strike ratio is also impressive, posting a positive ratio with 5.64 significant strikes landed each minute and only absorbing 2.30.

Basharat also defends well, with a 67 percent against significant strikes and at 85 percent against takedowns. He also manages to showcase 2.03 takedowns and 0.25 submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

Victor Henry Betting Preview

Henry is returning to the octagon after a split decision victory in his last fight, which got him back on track after his prior fight loss. This was against Tony Gravely back at UFC Fight Night 221 in March earlier this year to get him on the right path.

He has compiled 23 wins, with six of those being knockouts, eight by submission, and nine by decision. Five of them have resulted in first round finishes and all six of his defeats have come by decision.

"La Mangosta" demonstrates an impressive 54 percent accuracy rate in certain aspects, but his ability to perform takedowns in the UFC is lacking, as he has not succeeded in any. His offensive performance remains steady, delivering an average of 8.67 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 5.98. This would be noteworthy if he can maintain this level of performance.

Regarding defense, he upholds a respectable 48 percent success rate in defending against significant strikes and a more attractive 79 percent success rate when it comes to takedown defense. Enhancing his defensive skills is crucial for his future success.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

Looking at the odds provided by MyBookie, Javid Basharat is a heavy favorite to win here. Bettors may want to consider adding Basharat to a parlay with other fights on the night to potentially boost his payout if he wins.

  • Victor Henry: +390

  • Javid Basharat: -588

Basharat appears to be on another level and should have a good chance at victory. Henry can make this entertaining with his aggressive striking.

Spooky Express Pick: Take Javid Basharat to Win at -588