UFC ON ESPN 48: Ferreira vs Ruziboev 07/01/2023 – Brunno Ferreira will aim to keep his clean slate intact as he takes on Nursolton Ruziboev in a three-round middleweight encounter on Saturday, July 1, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The match is part of the UFC on ESPN 48 main card that features Sean Strickland and Abus Magomedov in the main event. Ferreira pulled off an impressive performance in his UFC debut, demolishing Gregory Rodrigues in just one round. On the other hand, Ruziboev enters the UFC octagon for the first time after having an illustrious career in various independent circuits around the world.
Both fighters have a propensity for finishing opponents with Ferreira winning all of his 10 bouts either by knockout or submission while Ruziboev has 32 finishes in 34 of his wins in his MMA career. Online MMA betting sites are giving Ruziboev the slight edge due to his experience but Ferreira has the skills to pull off a surprise and remain unbeaten at the end of the fight.
UFC ON ESPN 48: Ferreira vs Ruziboev 07/01/2023
|Saturday, July 1, 7:00 PM ET
|UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
|UFC Fight Pass
UFC ON ESPN 48: Ferreira vs Ruziboev 07/01/2023 Odds
Ferreira (10-0, 1-0 UFC) had an impressive showing in his UFC debut last January when he knocked out Gregory Rodrigues in the 4:13 mark of the first round. The victory of the Curitiba native was a follow up on his one-round technical knockout conquest of Leon Aliu in Week 9 of the Contender Series in September last year. The fighter known as “The Hulk” has stopped all of his foes, with seven ending via knockout and the rest by submission. Fight metrics show how impressive Ferreira is as a fighter. The 5-foot-10 Brazilian has landed an average of 6.55 significant strikes per minute at a rate of 53%. He has absorbed 5.34 significant strikes per minute and his defense against strikes is 49%. In terms of grappling Ferreira was able to stop all of the takedown attempts against him and has yet to execute a takedown in his UFC career.
Ruziboev (34-8-2, 2 NC) will make his debut in the UFC after 46 bouts in the independent circuit. The Uzbek fighter goes into the octagon with eight straight wins in various MMA promotions outside the United States. Ruziboev will look to impress hardcore UFC fans and experts with his fighting skills as he aims to beat Ferreira, using his vast experience in the fight scene. The 6-foot-2 MMA fighter has 32 finishes in 34 wins with 12 coming by knockout and 20 by submissions.
In his eight losses, six of them were by decision. He has been knocked out and submitted once in his career. The 29-year-old is expected to use his all-around skills to beat Ferreira and prove his worth in the 185-pound category. An impressive victory in his first UFC fight will push him to more lucrative fights in the horizon and possibly contend for the title in the future.
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Ferreira vs Ruziboev Betting Picks
Ferreira aim Ruziboev clash in a three-round encounter in a fight that will boost their status in the middleweight category. The Brazilian will vie for his 11th straight win while Ruziboev aims to resume his eight-fight winning run in his debut in the UFC. Ferreira is the underdog in online sports picks and parlays despite the fact that he has impressed fight experts with a highlight-reel victory in his last fight.
Ruziboev steps into the octagon with all the hype as he looks to establish a name for himself in the UFC. Ferreira has a chance to win if he keeps the fight standing up while Ruziboev has the advantage when the match goes to the ground. Whoever takes the tempo early will control the fight and possibly win the match. The fight is expected to finish fast due to ability of both fighters to end it early.