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UFC 297 Betting Preview: Brad Katona vs. Garrett Armfield

January 20, 2024

Bettors should check out an exciting undercard matchup at UFC 297 that features a bantamweight clash between Brad Katona and Garret Armfield. This anticipated fight will conclude the preliminary card on Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 PM ET in Toronto's Scotiabank Arena. Presently, Katona holds the status of a moderate favorite with a -210 moneyline.

Brad Katona Betting Preview

Katona has won his last five battles, including his debut in the UFC, which offers great momentum heading into this fight. His previous success was a unanimous decision over Cody Gibson back at UFC 292 in August of last year.

He has put together a strong 13-win record with one knockout, three submissions, and nine decisions. He has two first round finishes so far, which shows he is not a threat to end it all in the opening round. He also has two losses, both of which are by decision.

“Superman” is landing 52 of his strikes but just 21 percent of his takedowns. His significant strike ratio shows very room for error, as he lands 4.80 significant strikes and absorbs 4.57.

Katona averages 1.00 takedowns per 15 minutes of action. He also defends about average against significant strikes (51 percent) and takedowns (50 percent).

Garret Armfield Betting Preview

Armfield has gone 1-1 in the UFC so far, landing his first career win under the promotion. This recent win was a first round TKO over Toshiomi Kazama at UFC Fight Night 225 in August of last year.

He has established nine wins that consist of six knockouts, two submissions, and one decision. In seven wins, he has turned that battle into a first round finish. He also has two of his three defeats coming by submission.

He has succeeded in landing 44 percent of his strikes with nothing yet for takedowns. He has a good significant strike ratio, as he lands 5.29 significant strikes a minute and takes on 3.52. This will be a huge component to his ability to win.

Armfield also puts up a 57 percent defense against significant strikes, but is much better against takedowns at 75 percent. As for his ground game, he has yet to show action per 15 minutes of fight time.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

Discover the UFC 297 betting landscape on MyBookie, where the odds indicate a moderate favor for Brad Katona's success. Consider including him in a parlay with other fights or opt for a prop bet aligning with his potential for an enhanced payout.

This should be an enjoyable battle to watch just before the main card, especially if both fighters have aggressive significant strike ratios. However, Katona appears slightly more likely to win this battle based on previous encounters.

Final Pick: Brad Katona -210