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UFC 294 Betting Preview: Mohammad Yahya vs. Trevor Peek

October 21, 2023

UFC 294 offers bettors plenty of great battles, which will take place at the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, October 21. An example of this would be a lightweight matchup on the preliminary card, pitting Mohammad Yahya against Trevor Peek for an appealing betting option.

  • 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+)

Mohammad Yahya Betting Preview

Yahya is getting his first look at the UFC, as he will be making his debut. He recently won his last fight, which was a unanimous decision over Souhil Tahiri back at UAE Warriors 37 in February earlier this year. This extended his winning streak to five.

He has 12 competitive wins on his resume that consist of seven knockouts, two submissions, and three decisions. Four of his 12 victories have resulted in first round finishes. He has also suffered two out of three defeats by submission.

He has primarily obtained his quality wins in the UAE Warriors, where he has gone 7-1. He has also battled in the Desert Force MMA (3-1) and in Bellator (1-1) to shape up his resume. His most recent battles have been solid, so this should offer some perspective to a competitive fight.

Yahya is considered to be the 23rd best lightweight fighter in the Middle East. This should be a good test for him to see if he is ready for the UFC.

Trevor Peek Betting Preview

Peek just suffered his first career loss, which snapped his eight-fight win streak. His recent battle was a unanimous decision against Jose Mariscal back at UFC on ABC 5 in June of this year.

Looking at his eight wins, they have all been by knockout. Impressively, six of them have resulted in first round finishes. This makes him a threat early within any fight.

He strikes with an accuracy at 54 percent accuracy and lands takedowns at 33 percent. His significant strike ratio is barely positive, as he delivers 5.65 and takes on 5.18 significant strikes each minute.

In terms of defense, he upholds a respectable 41 percent success rate when defending against significant strikes and a 54 percent success rate when it comes to thwarting takedowns. Additionally, he can execute 0.54 takedowns for every 15 minutes of fighting.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

Based on the odds provided by MyBookie, it seems that Trevor Peek holds a slight advantage. Both stack up well on paper, making this an appealing opportunity. 

  • Mohammad Yahya: +126

  • Trevor Peek: -161

Yahya will get a taste of the UFC, which will be a good test. Peek has solid experience here and should be able to hold his own.

Spooky Express Pick: Take Trevor Peek to Win at -161