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UFC 297 Betting Preview: Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Taveras

January 20, 2024

There is an enticing undercard duel at UFC 297, where Serhiy Sidey and Ramon Taveras clash in a rematch in this bantamweight bout. Scheduled for the preliminary card on Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 PM ET in Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, Sidey currently maintains a favorite status with a -175 moneyline.

Serhiy Sidey Betting Preview

Sidey is currently on a six-fight win streak heading into this showdown. His previous success was his first encounter with Taveras back at Dana White’s Contender Series in September of last year, which was a first round TKO.

He has earned 10 wins so far in his career, which include seven knockouts, one submission, and two decisions. He has earned four first round finishes out of his 10 wins. He also has just one loss overall by decision.

In his first UFC related battle, the DWCS, he landed 35 percent of his strikes without landing a takedown. He managed to land 4.52 significant strikes and take on the same amount in return, which is essentially breaking even for his ratio here.

He did not need to show any action on the ground since the fight only lasted a few minutes in the first round. But, he did have a significant strike defense at 42 percent of the time.

Ramon Taveras Betting Preview

Taveras also earned a UFC contract when he was given another opportunity in the DWCS. His most recent performance was a first round 29-second knockout over Cortavious Romious in October of last year.

He has acquired nine wins so far, which consist of five knockouts, three submissions, and one decision. He has five first round finishes out of his nine wins, making him a deadly opponent to start a fight with. He also has both of his losses coming by knockout.

“The Savage” has landed 58 percent of his strikes, but nothing yet for takedowns. He has an aggressive significant strike output, as he lands 7.20 significant strikes and absorbs 6.17 each minute of action. This could get him in trouble if he takes on too many aggressive hits each minute, despite landing more than he takes on.

Taveras has no ground action yet, which will likely be the case once again for this striking war. But, he has a solid defense against significant strikes at 66 percent of the time and will need to improve here.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie offers the betting odds for this showdown in UFC 297, with Serhiy Sidey as a favorite to succeed. The betting market is liking his chances at repeating for the win, even though the first battle was a bit controversial with the early stoppage. This will be another all out war, with Sidey likely winning this one by a TKO once more.

Final Pick: Serhiy Sidey -175