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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Christian Rodriguez vs. Cameron Saaiman

October 14, 2023

The opening battle in the main card for the next UFC Fights Night features two bantamweights for an appealing betting opportunity in Las Vegas, Nevada. The battle to look out for will be between Christian Rodriguez and Cameron Saaiman.

  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • Main Card: 7:00 PM ET (ESPN+)

  • Prelims: 4:00 PM ET (ESPN+)

Christian Rodriguez Betting Preview

Rodriguez has won his last two bouts and is aiming for another. His recent work includes a unanimous decision win over Raul Rosas Jr. at UFC 287 in April earlier this year.

His fighting record is quite remarkable, boasting nine victories comprising three knockouts, four submissions, and two decisions. Impressively, five of these triumphs occurred in the first round. His only defeat came by decision.

Going by the alias "CeeRod," his striking accuracy stands at 44 percent, while his takedown accuracy is an impressive 60 percent. When it comes to significant strikes, he averages 2.89 per minute and absorbs 1.73.

On the defensive front, he exhibits a reasonable defense against significant strikes at 59 percent and an even better defense against takedowns at 67 percent. Although not particularly active on the ground, he maintains an average of 0.92 takedowns and 1.22 submissions for every 15 minutes of action.

Cameron Saaiman Betting Preview

Saaiman has looked great in his first nine bouts, winning them all. His recent win was a first round TKO against Terrence Mitchell at UFC 290 in July of this year.

His impressive record includes nine victories, featuring six knockouts, one submission, and two decisions. Notably, three of these wins were secured with first-round finishes.

"MSP" excels in both striking and takedowns, boasting an impressive 48 percent accuracy in strikes and 67 percent in takedowns. What makes his performance even more impressive is his significant strike ratio, with him delivering 5.41 strikes per minute while only absorbing 2.48. This will be crucial in his success.

Defensively, he does well defending against significant strikes at 60 percent and takedowns at 42 percent. Over 15 minutes of fight time, he averages 1.33 takedowns and 0.66 submission attempts.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie highlights their most recent odds suggesting that Christian Rodriguez holds a slight advantage in the potential victory. You might want to include Rodriguez in a parlay with other bouts to enhance his potential payout should he emerge victorious in this contest.

  • Cameron Saaiman: +140

  • Christian Rodriguez: -162

Saaiman is quite aggressive when it comes to striking, which will be a component to this fight. He has a great opportunity to end it early, assuming he lands a quick stunner. However, Rodriguez is the better fighter all around and will likely push this to a decision.

Spooky Express Pick: Christian Rodriguez -162