In a middleweight bout on the main card of UFC 254, Jacob Malkoun will take on Phil Hawes this Saturday live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and available on pay-per-view through ESPN+.
The highly-anticipated debut of Malkoun, also known as “Mamba”, will come Saturday. With two knockouts and two decision victories in his MMA career, the Austrlian-born fighter will take to the octagon just before his teammate and #1 middleweight Robert Whittaker does.
The 25-year-old hasn’t fought yet this year and will be drawing an opponent in Hawes with two bouts in 2020. “Megatron” is 8-2 in his MMA career, 1-1 in Dana White’s Contender Series, winning his second opportunity over a month ago against Khadzhi Bestaev via first-round knockout.
Hawes is a hard-hitting 5-foot-11 fighter averaging 3.47 significant strikes per minute. He absorbs 4.98, a result of being absolutely manhandled by Julian Marquez in 2017. The 31-year-old has rebounded since and should be ready for this bout, and will enter as the favorite.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes at UFC 254 on October 24th.
Money line odds
Jacob Malkoun: +205
Phil Hawes: -265
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