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Tale of the tape for Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales

Giga Chikadze and Omar Morales meet in a featherweight bout on the early preliminary card of UFC Fight Island 5. We break down the odds.

Giga Chikadze of Georgia fights Irwin Rivera of the United States in their Featherweight bout during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Meeting on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Island 5 in a featherweight bout, Giga Chikadze will enter the octagon against Omar Morales live from Abu Dhabi and available on ESPN+ this Saturday.

Molares will come in as the early favorite and rightfully so. He’s 10-0 in his MMA career and 2-0 in UFC. Both of his fights have come in the last ten months, and the 35-year-old is looking to continue his hot streak. With 3.85 significant strikes per minute, he takes just 2.44 and defends 68 percent of blows. His strength is clearly on his feet, averaging just .42 takedowns per 15 minutes. Both of his wins at the UFC level have come via unanimous decision.

That style of fight will be just fine for Chikadze. He’s coming in averaging 3.31 significant strikes per minutes and landing 44 percent of his attacks. 3-0 at the UFC level, “Ninja” has had all his fights go the distance. Winning by decision all three times, this fight could very well see all three rounds completed. Averaging just .51 takedowns per 15 minutes, Chikadze is also not known for his grappling.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales at UFC Fight Island 5 on October 10th.

Money line odds

Giga Chikadze: +130 (30% of action, 42% of bets)
Omar Morales: -162 (70% of action, 58% of bets)

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