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UFC 297 Betting Preview: Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott

January 20, 2024

UFC 297 has an appealing main card showdown on the way, with a welterweight bout between 13th-ranked Neil Magny taking on Mike Malott. This battle will be on the main card for Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 PM ET in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. Malott is coming into this battle as a moderate favorite with a moneyline at -350.

Neil Magny Betting Preview

Magny has gone 3-3 in his last six fights, as he wins and then loses the next bout. His most recent battle was a unanimous decision defeat against Ian Garry back at UFC 292 in August of last year.

He has established 28 wins so far in his resume, which consist of seven knockouts, four submissions, and 17 decisions. He has only recorded one first round finish in his career, which was a knockout over Craig White back in 2018. Out of his 11 losses, six have come by submission.

“The Haitian Sensation” typically lands 46 percent of his strikes and 41 percent of his takedowns. He is averaging 3.45 significant strikes landed each minute, while taking on 2.40 for a positive significant strike ratio.

Magny has utilized the ground with 2.22 takedowns and 0.27 submissions every 15 minutes of fight time. He also defends solidly with a 53 percent success rate against significant strikes and 56 percent rate against takedowns.

Mike Malott Betting Preview

Malott has won his last six fights and his three encounters so far in the UFC. He defeated Adam Fugitt by a guillotine choke submission in June last year at UFC 289 to push his undefeated UFC streak.

He has acquired 10 wins so far in his career, which show four knockouts and six submissions. In nine of his 10 wins, he has ended the battle in the opening round. As for losses, he only has one, which was a knockout back in 2014.

“Proper” has put up a successful striking rate at 42 percent and lands takedowns at 52 percent. He delivers 4.21 significant strikes each minute while absorbing 3.07. This is a good ratio so far and one that could be the difference in this fight.

Malott has landed 2.53 takedowns and 1.52 submissions in each 15 minutes of combat. He defends well with a 56 percent defense against significant strikes, but nothing yet against takedowns.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie provides the odds for this betting opportunity, with Mike Malott as a moderate favorite for success. Bettors might want to consider adding him to a parlay with other fights on the card or choose a prop bet that best fits your betting strategy for a potentially better payout. Look for Malott to earn an other quality win here.

Final Pick: Mike Malott in Parlay or Prop