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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Jacob Malkoun vs. Cody Brundage

September 23, 2023

The next UFC Fight Night has good matchups in the prelims that are suited for betting opportunities. One battle to look into is the middleweight bout between Jacob Malkoun and Cody Brundage.

  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023

  • Main Card: 7:00 PM ET (ESPN+)

  • Prelims: 4:00 PM ET (ESPN+)

Jacob Malkoun Betting Preview

Malkoun is coming off of a unanimous decision victory against Nick Maximov back at UFC Fight Night 212 in October of last year. This got him back on track after a unanimous decision defeat against Brendan Allen in the fight before.

He boasts seven wins on his resume, consisting of two knockouts and five decisions. He only has one first round finish thus far and has one win each by knockout and decision.

“Mamba” showcases remarkable striking accuracy, with an impressive 55 percent hit rate, along with a takedown success rate of around 45 percent. When examining his performance in significant strikes, he consistently lands an average of 3.70 impactful blows per minute while absorbing just 2.64, resulting in a slightly favorable ratio.

He defends against significant strikes at 51 percent but nothing yet for a takedown defense. He also averages an aggressive 7.46 takedowns and 0.50 submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

Cody Brundage Betting Preview

Brundage has lost his last three fights and is needing to break the cycle immediately. His most recent defeat was a unanimous decision against Sedriques Dumas back at UFC on ABC 5 in June earlier this year.

He boasts an impressive record of eight victories, comprising four wins, three submissions, and one decision. Notably, five of his triumphs culminated within the first round. In contrast, he faced five losses, two of which came by way of knockout, and two via decision.

Within the octagon, his striking prowess is good, boasting a commendable 54 percent accuracy in connecting with his target. His takedown attempts find success 47 percent of the time. On average, he delivers 1.79 significant strikes per minute while absorbing only 2.18, showcasing a remarkably low output.

Turning to his defensive capabilities, he skillfully deflects significant strikes with a 47 percent success rate, and his takedown defense stands strong at an impressive 74 percent. On average, he maintains an active ground game, executing 2.42 takedowns and 1.21 submissions per 15 minutes of combat.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest odds indicate that Jacob Malkoun is currently in a favorable position as the preferred choice to win this match. For those looking to enhance their odds, it might be wise to include Malkoun in a multi-fight parlay for the evening.

  • Cody Brundage: +370

  • Jacob Malkoun: -485

Brundage appears at a disadvantage here when it comes to striking. This will be key for a victory by Malkoun.

Spooky Express Pick: Jacob Malkoun wins but wait til Saturday and pick a more valuable prop