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UFC 293: Tyson Pedro vs Anton Turkalj 09/09/2023 Fight Prediction, Picks and Preview

UFC 293: Pedro vs Turkalj 09/09/2023 – Tyson Pedro locks horns with Anton Turkalj in a three-round light heavyweight clash as part of the UFC 293 main card. The match will be held on Saturday, September 9, at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. The showdown will be aired on live television via ESPN+ (US) and TNT Sports (UK) at 10:00 PM ET and the UFC Fight Pass will cover the clash via livestream. Pedro looks to bounce back from his unanimous decision loss that halted his two-fight winning run while Turkalj seeks to secure his first win in the octagon after losing his first two matches. MMA betting picks are available online for sports aficionados who want to watch an action-packed match and earn big payouts by correctly choosing the winning fighter and the right parlays for the fight.

UFC 293: Pedro vs Turkalj 09/09/2023

When:Saturday, September 9, 2023 10:00 PM ET
Where:Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
TV:ESPN+ (US), TNT Sports (UK)
Stream:UFC Fight Pass

UFC 293: Pedro vs Turkalj 09/09/2023 Odds

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Main Card

Tyson Pedro

Pedro (9-4, 5-4 UFC) will fight for the 10th time in the promotion. The Australian has picked up five victories in the octagon and dropped the other four. Modestas Bukauskas dominated the Sydney native in his last bout, resulting in a unanimous decision loss. The result halted his two-fight winning streak and now he is determined to revitalize his career with a victory over Turkalj. Pedro has a one-inch height disadvantage but possesses a longer reach, which he can utilize in striking. The Australian fighter has four knockouts and five submission wins on his record, with one loss by KO and one by submission.

The light heavyweight campaigner has landed an average of 2.96 significant strikes per minute at an accuracy rate of 61%. He has absorbed 2.54 strikes per minute and has defended 54% of the strikes launched against him. Pedro has a 36% takedown success rate with an average of 0.97 takedowns per 15 minutes. The Australian boasts a 52% takedown defense rate and averages 1.0 submission attempts per 15 minutes.

Anton Turkalj

Turkalj (8-2, 0-2 UFC) is off to a rough start in the UFC, losing his first two matches against Jailton Almeida (submission-first round) and Vitor Petrino (unanimous decision). The Swedish fighter must defeat Pedro to solidify his spot and improve his standing in the 205-pound division. Turkalj must rise to the occasion and fulfill the hype surrounding him by winning over Pedro amid hostile circumstances.

The Pleasure Man” has seven finishes in 10 fights, including five knockouts. He also has two submission and one decision victories under his belt. Turkalj had lost by submission and decision in his career. The all-around fighter has landed an average 6.97 takedowns per 15 minutes at an accuracy rate of 51%. His takedown defense rate is 16% and has yet to attempt a submission in his two UFC matches. Regarding strikes, the Swedish fighter averages 1.60 significant strikes per minute with a 58% accuracy rate. He was able to defend 50% of the strikes launched against him and absorbed 2.18 strikes per minute.

Pedro vs Turkalj Betting Numbers

Tyson Pedro
Anton Turkalj
Last FightLossLoss
Height6’3″ 6’3″
Weight (lbs)205205
Reach (in)78″77″
Win by KO/TKO44%63%
Win by Submission56%25%
Strikes landed per minute2.7N/A
Striking accuracy62%N/A
Striking absorbed per minute2.55N/A
Striking defense48%N/A
Takedown average0.74N/A
Takedown accuracy25%N/A
Takedown defense52%N/A
Submission average 1.47N/A

Pedro vs Turkalj Betting Picks

Pedro and Turkalj will be on a must-win mode coming into the fight. A win will aid both fighters in their light heavyweight campaigns, opening doors to face quality opponents and improve rankings. Online sports odds see it as an “even” fight, as Pedro and Turkalj are expected to use their strengths to secure an all-important win. The fight is likely to go the distance as both fighters seek ways to win in this three-round matchup. However, an early-round finish is not remote as Pedro and Turkalj are capable of ending the match early.