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Tale of the Tape for Liliya Shakirova vs. Lauren Murphy

Liliya Shakirova and Lauren Murphy meet in a women’s flyweight bout on the main card of UFC 254 on Fight Island. We break down the odds.

Cynthia Calvillo punches Jessica Eye in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In the lone women’s bout on the main card of UFC 254, Liliya Shakirova will take on #5 Lauren Murphy at women’s flyweight live this Saturday from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and available on pay-per-view via ESPN+.

Liliya Shakirova steps in as a replacement while making her UFC debut in this bout, as #4 Cynthia Calvillo, who had to withdraw due to a positive Covid-19 test. 8-1 in her MMA career, Shakirova has a mixed bag of finishes but the majority are via decision. This will be a tough bout for Shakirova where she’ll be a major underdog, but it’s a good starting point for her UFC career.

Murphy is 13-4 at the MMA level, and currently riding a three-fight win streak in the UFC with victories over #8 Roxanne Modafferi and #10 Andrea Lee.

She can do a bit of everything, averaging 3.88 significant strikes per minute and landing 39 percent of her attempts. She also notches 1.14 takedowns per 15 minutes, and has at least two in her last two fights.

A 37-year-old veteran against an unproven up-and-comer, all signs and wagering so far point to this being Murphy’s fight to lose.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Liliya Shakirova vs. Lauren Murphy at UFC 254 on October 24th.

Money line odds

Liliya Shakirova: +188
Lauren Murphy: -240

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