UFC Fight Night 149 Odds, Preview & Expert Picks

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 17, 2019 in

Alexander Volkov arrived in the UFC with a fancy resume. The Russian mixed martial artist was the former Bellator Heavyweight champion and the former M-1 Global Heavyweight title holder.

After a successful campaign in both promotions, Volkov signed with the UFC in 2016 and has now risen as the promotion’s #6 ranked heavyweight to date. Let’s take a look at the main event for UFC Fight Night 149 alongside the latest MMA Odds.

UFC Fight Night 149 Odds, Preview & Expert Picks

Volkov Back in Action

Volkov is 30 years old and stands 6-7 with a reach of 81 inches. The former Bellator Season 7 & 10 Heavyweight tournament champion has a record of 30-7 with 20 knockouts and three wins by submission.

Drago opened his UFC career with four consecutive wins and was well on his way to a fifth victory when he got knocked out by Derrick Lewis with 11 seconds left in their fight.

A striker by heart, Volkov prefers to fight on his feet but is also comfortable o the ground. He has heavy hands and is accurate with his strikes.

Drago also has a good takedown game and if he takes the fight to the canvass, he has a vicious ground and pound game that almost always leads to a finish. With his height, reach and mobility, Volkov is always a difficult read for UFC heavyweights.

Overeem and his Striking

Alistair Overeem is one of the best strikers the fight game has ever seen. The Reem is the only fighter in history to hold an MMA and K-1 Kickboxing World championships at the same time.

The Dutchman is a former world champion at Strikeforce, DREAM (interim champion) and a K-1 Grand Prix World champion. Overeem has beaten six different former UFC champions in his tenure with the promotion and is the #7 ranked heavyweight today.

The 38-year old Overeem stands 6-5 with a reach of 79.5 inches while fighting as an orthodox fighter. He has a professional MMA record of 44-17-0-1 with 22 knockouts and 17 wins by way of submission.

Overeem is coming off a TKO victory over little known Sergey Pavlovich last November but is just 3-3 in his last six bouts with all three of his losses via knockout.

Overeem is one of the most well-rounded heavyweight’s we’ve ever seen. Whether it’s leg kicks or guillotine chokes, he can hang around with the best in the business.

He has power in his fists but he is also very comfortable on his back. Reem is an excellent wrestler with very good submission skills.

The only worry with Overeem is his age and that his power works both ways: it’s either he knocks you out or he gets knocked out as 13 of his 17 losses have been by knockout.

Final Expert Prediction for UFC Fight Night 149

When you take a look at the stats, Volkov stands as the better striker between the two when it comes to volume.

The Russian averages 5.31 significant strikes landed per minute at a 60% accuracy while The Dutchman lands a total of 3.55 significant strikes per minute at a 61% accuracy rate.

On the ground, Overeem lands 1.42 takedowns and 1.0 submission per 15 minutes. Volkov is less active on the ground with 0.86 and 0.3, respectively. I’ll take the younger Volkov to use his superior striking skills to end this one in a KO.