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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Justin Tafa vs. Parker Porter

August 26, 2023

The opening bout in the next UFC Fight Night's main card offers great betting options to consider. This will be a heavyweight showdown between Junior Tafa and Parker Porter, one that you cannot miss.

  • Location: Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore

  • Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

  • Main Card: 7:00 AM CDT

  • Prelims: 4:00 AM CDT

  • Coverage: ESPN and ESPN+

Junior Tafa Betting Preview

Tafa recently experienced his first professional defeat of his career. This was a unanimous decision against Mohammed Usman back in April earlier this year and was also his debut in the UFC.

Examining his impressive track record, he has secured victory in all four bouts through knockout, with a remarkable three of those ending in first-round fashion. Much like his brother Justin, both siblings share an unrelenting pursuit of knockout wins.

"The Juggernaut” boasts a striking accuracy of 36 percent, albeit grappling accuracy remains a work in progress. His striking output is relatively modest, averaging 1.47 significant strikes landed per minute while absorbing just 0.47, maintaining a favorable ratio.

In his UFC debut, his defensive prowess shone brightly. He adeptly defended against 76 percent of significant strikes and thwarted 83 percent of takedowns, showcasing his well-rounded defensive skills. It is important to note that he does not possess average statistics in the realm of takedowns or submissions.

Parker Porter Betting Preview

Porter is back on track at least for the time being after a successful first round TKO against Braxton Smith back in May of this year. This snapped his previous two fight skid dating back to May of last year.

He has 13 victories under his belt, comprising six knockouts, three submissions, and four decisions. Among these triumphs, he has clinched four first-round victories. Intriguingly, four of his eight losses have come by way of knockout.

His striking accuracy stands at an impressive 51 percent, while his takedown accuracy is a modest 27 percent. What is truly eye-catching is his ability to land an average of 6.66 strikes per minute while absorbing 6.34, but essentially balancing the scales.

His significant strike defense stands firm at 52 percent, but his takedown defense is even more alluring at 67 percent. In a 15-minute bout, he averages 1.38 takedowns and 0.46 submissions, showcasing his versatile skill set.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The moneyline offered on MyBookie suggests that Junior Tafa is a slight favorite in this heavyweight showdown. With both fighters closely matched, this promises to be an exciting bout.

  • Parker Porter: +118

  • Junior Tafa: -151

  • *odds are subject to changes

Porter is an appealing option here for plus money, but this is a toss-up. Overall, Tafa is more of a threat to land a knockout first.

Final Pick: Take Justin Tafa to Win at -151

Written By: Gavin Richardson