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Tale of the tape for Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin

Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin meet in a light heavyweight bout on the early preliminary card of UFC Fight Island 6. We break down the odds.

Gadzhimurad Antigulov of Russia prepares to fight Paul Craig of Scotland in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In a light heavyweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Island 6, Gadzhimurad Antigulov will take on Maxim Grishin live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and available on ESPN+.

Grishin, 36, will enter the octagon as the favorite. The veteran has an MMA record of 30-8-2., but the 6-foot-3 fighter has just one appearance in the UFC, a unanimous decision loss to Marcin Tybura. There was only 42 significant strikes thrown in that bout, as Tybura’s three takedowns controlled most of the time.

Grishin averages just 1.2 significant strikes per minute, but does land 56 percent of his strikes. Grishin has half of his MMA victories via knockout, and would prefer to be upright striking.

That’s the exact opposite of how Antigulov will want to compete. With a 20-7 MMA record, he has 15 submission victories, but a 2-3 UFC record. Antigulov has lost his last three bouts, and all five of his promotion fights have ended in the first round. Averaging 8.4 takedowns per 15 minutes and only 2.89 significant strikes per minute, Antigulov is going to try and get Grishin on the ground.

With Antigulov’s 2:09 average fight time, there’s a very small chance this fight goes the distance.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin at UFC Fight Island 6 on October 17th.

Money line odds

Gadzhimurad Antigulov: +277
Maxim Grishin: -375

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