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UFC Fight Night 230: Sodiq Yusuff vs Edson Barboza 10/14/2023 Fight Picks, Prediction and Preview

UFC Fight Night 230: Yusuff vs Barboza 10/14/2023 – Sodiq Yusuff takes on Edson Barboza in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 230 on Saturday, October 14 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The five-round featherweight encounter is part of the main card that will start at 7:00 PM ET with ESPN+ covering the proceedings on television. UFC Fight Pass, on the other hand, will feature the clash on livestream. Yusuff and Barboza are bubbling under the 145-pound contenders’ list and a victory by either fighter would help them move up the rankings. Yusuff is coming off a two-fight winning streak while Barboza has revitalized his UFC career with a first-round knockout win over Billy Quarantillo. MMA betting picks are now available online as fans await for this thrilling clash to unfold.

UFC Fight Night 230: Yusuff vs Barboza 10/14/2023

When:Saturday, October 14, 2023 7:00 PM ET
Where:UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Stream:UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 230: Yusuff vs Barboza 10/14/2023 Odds

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Sodiq YusuffEdson Barboza

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Sodiq Yusuff

Yusuff (13-2, 7-1 UFC) is a hot prospect in the promotion as he has won seven of his first eight fights. The victories have placed the Lagos-born fighter to No11 in the UFC featherweight rankings. He started his UFC career with a victory over Mike Davis in the Dana White Contender Series Season 2. “Super” continued his UFC campaign with a technical knockout win over Suman Mokhtarian. He then stretched his winning run to five with victories over Sheymon Moraes, Gabriel Benitez and Andre Fili.

The five-fight winning streak was snapped by Arnold Allen, as he lost via unanimous decision in a fight held on April 10, 2021. Yusuff made his comeback 11 months later with a win over Alex Caceres and followed it up with a one-round guillotine choke victory over Don Shainis. This will be Yusuff’s first fight this year and he is coming off a one-year layoff that he hopes it would not affect his movements in the octagon when he faces a world-class opponent in Barboza.

Yusuff’s Impressive UFC Stats: Knockouts, Striking, and More

Yusuff has won six of his matches via knockout and one by submission. He also has six wins by decision and his average fight time of 10 minutes and 15 seconds means that “Super” has the cardio to last long bouts. Yusuff is a good striker in his first eight fights in the UFC as he has landed an average of 5.29 significant strikes per minute at an accuracy rate of 49%.

His defense against strikes is also good for a featherweight at 57% and he has absorbed an average of 3.65 significant strikes per minute. In terms of grappling, Yusuff is not that proficient in taking down his opponents as he has averaged 0.18 successful takedowns per 15 minutes. His takedown accuracy is only 12%. However, he has a good takedown defense as he has stopped 70% of the attempts against him. Yusuff has recorded an average of 0.6 submissions per 15 minutes in his UFC career.

Edson Barboza

Barboza (23-11, 17-11 UFC) will fight for the 29th time in the UFC as the Brazilian hopes to continue his recent return to form in his match against Yusuff. Barboza is coming off a first-round knockout win over Billy Quarantillo in his last fight in April. The 37-year-old aims to make it two in a row with a win over Yusuff. The victory would help his quest to make it to the featherweight title picture in the latter part of his career. Barboza needs to step up big time in fighting the young up-and-comer and he needs to use his fighting wisdom to outclass Yusuff and gain more lucrative matches in the future.

Barboza has registered 14 wins by knockout and one submission in his career. The other victories were by decision. Six of his 11 losses, meanwhile, were either by knockout or submission. He has averaged 4.00 significant strikes landed per minute at a rate of 44%. The Brazilian has absorbed an average of 4.12 significant strikes per minute and has defended 58% of the strikes against him. In terms of grappling, Barboza has averaged 0.38 takedowns per 15 minutes and his accuracy is 44%. His takedown defense is 75% and has averaged 0.1 submissions per 15 minutes.

Yusuff vs Barboza Betting Numbers

Sodiq Yusuff
Edson Barboza
Last FightWinWin
Weight (lbs)145154
Reach (in)70″74″
Win by KO/TKO46%61%
Win by Submission8%4%
Strikes landed per minute6.424.01
Striking accuracy51%42%
Striking absorbed per minute4.224.18
Striking defense51%60%
Takedown average00.46
Takedown accuracyN/A46%
Takedown defense100%80%
Submission average00.07

Sodiq Yusuff vs Edson Barboza Betting Picks

Yusuff is favored in online UFC odds due to his recent winning streak. He has won seven of his last eight fights and has shown strong performance recently. On the other hand, Barboza is coming off a win over Quarantillo and aims to continue his late surge with a crucial victory over Yusuff. The American will have an advantage in striking but might need to land fast strikes against his Brazilian opponent, considering he comes into the fight with a four-inch reach disadvantage and a two-inch height difference.

These disadvantages could be something that Barboza can exploit as the match progresses. Expect both fighters to prioritize striking, but don’t be surprised if one of them attempts a submission during the fight. Yusuff is likely to have the skills to secure a unanimous decision win over Barboza and continue his quest for a possible UFC world title shot through a sports betting app.