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UFC 294 Betting Preview: Sedriques Dumas vs. Abu Azaitar

October 21, 2023

UFC 294 boasts numerous exciting bouts that demand your focus this Saturday, October 21, in the United Arab Emirates. Keep an eye on the middleweight clash between Sedriques Dumas and Abu Azaitar, scheduled to take place soon for an enticing betting prospect.

  • 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+)

Sedriques Dumas Betting Preview

Dumas has a recent unanimous decision win over Cody Brundage back at UFC on ABC 5 in June of this year. This got him back on track after a previous submission defeat to Josh Fremd in the fight before.

He boasts an impressive record with eight victories, achieved through a combination of four knockouts, two submissions, and two decision wins. Notably, he concluded four of these victories in the opening round, establishing himself as a formidable force from the very start of a fight.

Referred to as "The Reaper," his striking skills have been a standout feature, with a commendable 57 percent accuracy rate. Additionally, his takedown success rate stands at 50 percent. When it comes to significant strikes, he maintains a highly efficient output, landing 1.64 significant strikes per minute while absorbing just 1.56.

While Dumas displays some defensive capabilities, there's room for improvement, as he defends against significant strikes with a 50 percent success rate and takedowns at 33 percent. Over a 15-minute fight, he manages to execute 0.63 takedowns and 0.63 submission attempts.

Abu Azaitar Betting Preview

Azaitar returns to the octagon after he experienced a third round TKO defeat against Marc-Andre Barriault at UFC 260 in March of 2021. This snapped his previous nine-fight win streak, plus a draw, that he had established since 2013.

He boasts a record of 14 victories, including seven knockouts, one submission, and six decision wins. Out of those, seven ended in first-round finishes, while two of his three losses were due to knockouts.

Known as "Captain Morocco," he maintains a commendable 45 percent striking accuracy but struggles with a 25 percent takedown success rate. His offensive performance leans slightly negative, averaging 5.21 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 5.35, a balance that requires correction for his future success.

He has been defending at a solid rate, as he exhibits a 50 percent success rate in defending significant strikes and a 40 percent success rate in takedown defense. He is relatively inactive on the ground, landing only 0.50 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

According to the odds presented by MyBookie, Sedriques Dumas is a strong frontrunner for victory in this match.

  • Abu Azaitar: +205

  • Sedriques Dumas: -240

Dumas appears to be the slightly better candidate to win here. Bettors might contemplate including Dumas in a parlay with other bouts scheduled for the evening to enhance the potential payout in the event of his triumph.

Spooky Express Pick: Take Sedriques Dumas to Win at -240