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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview: Taylor Lapilus vs. Caolan Loughran

September 2, 2023

The approaching UFC Fight Night promises thrilling clashes ripe for strategic wagering. Among these preliminary card duels, keep a keen eye on the opening bantamweight spectacle featuring Taylor Lapilus and Caolan Loughran, a matchup brimming with potential.

  • Location: Accor Arena, Paris

  • Date: Saturday, September 2, 2023

  • Main Card: 3:00 PM ET

  • Prelims: 12:00 PM ET

  • Coverage: ESPN+

Taylor Lapilus Betting Preview

Lapilus is currently on a five-fight winning streak and is also making his second stint with the UFC after fighting the promotion nearly 10 years ago. His most recent success was a first round TKO against Demarte Peña back in Ares FC 5 in April of last year.

He has 18 wins that are made up of four knockouts, six submissions, and eight decisions. Seven of his 18 wins have been finished in the first round and all three of his defeats have come by decision.

“Double Impact” had previously battled in the UFC, with a striking accuracy of 45 percent and a takedown accuracy of 40 percent. He landed 3.77 significant strikes each minute, while absorbing 2.00. This is a great ratio, with a clear separation between the two averages.

He defended well against significant strikes and takedowns, with averages at 61 percent and 81 percent respectively. He also averaged 0.58 takedowns and submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

Caolan Loughran Betting Preview

Loughran is looking to improve on his undefeated eight-fight record. His most successful fight was a second round TKO in the Cage Warriors 154 event against Dylan Hazan back in May of this year.

Looking at his eight victories, he has five knockouts, two submissions, and one decision. Three of his eight victories have been first round finishes.

“The Don” has spent half of his professional career with the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship promotion, going 4-0 under the banner. His last three opponents have been the toughest of his career, which should set him up well for this one.

Loughran is currently the 129th best bantamweight fighter in the world. This battle will definitely move him up in the rankings with a victory.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

According to MyBookie's latest odds, Taylor Lapilus is a moderate favorite in this matchup. You should consider adding Lapilus to a parlay to maximize his odds, in addition to other battles on the night.

  • Caolan Loughran: +160

  • Taylor Lapilus: -192

Loughran is making his debut in the UFC, but still has plenty of quality experience prior to joining this event. He appears to be an aggressive fighter, but he will have his hands full against an experienced Lapilus. Look for Lapilus to win this potentially by decision to extend his winning streak.

Final Pick: Take Taylor Lapilus to Win at -192

Written By: David White