UFC 278: Albazi vs Figueiredo 08/20/2022 Preview, Fight Analysis and Spread

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UFC 278 Albazi vs Figueiredo 08-20-2022 Preview Fight Analysis and Spread

UFC 278: Albazi vs Figueiredo 08/20/2022 – Flyweight fighters Amir Albazi and Francisco Figueiredo lock horns in a three-round clash that is part of the UFC 278 Usman vs Edwards preliminary fight card. The event is scheduled to take place at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, August 20. ESPN Pay-Per-View will feature the bout on live television, while UFC Fight Pass covers the encounter in live stream format. Both fighters have registered two wins each inside the octagon and another victory would benefit their rise to the top of the 125-pound class. The match is important for Albazi, who is number 11 in the UFC flyweight contendership rankings. An excellent performance against Figueiredo would move him up in the flyweight rankings. MMA fight oddsmakers expect the preliminary clash as a possible scene stealer that could end up being the Fight of the Night.

UFC 278: Albazi vs Figueiredo 08/20/2022

When: Saturday, August 20, 6:00 PM ET
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: ESPN
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC 278: Albazi vs Figueiredo 08/20/2022 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Amir Albazi -450 Francisco Figueiredo +360

Amir Albazi

The Baghdad-born Amir Albazi stakes his 14-1 win-loss record in the clash against Francisco Figueiredo. The former FSC and UCMMA bantamweight champion has won eight of his matches via submission and four by knockout. This means that Albazi is capable of finishing fighters either standing up or on the ground. In his bantamweight debut in July 2020, the fighter known as “The Prince” forced Malcolm Gordon to tap out four minutes and 42 seconds into the first round. Months later, he lasted the distance and beat Zhaigas Zhumagulov by decision. Almost 19 months since his match against Zhumagulov, Albazi steps into the octagon once more to face Figuereido for a chance to climb up the UFC flyweight ladder.

Francisco Figueiredo

Francisco Figueiredo (13-4-1 win-loss-draw, 1 no contest) steps into the pit again more than three months after he submitted Daniel Lacerda via kneebar in just 78 seconds. The former interim Jungle Fight bantamweight champion and the brother of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo must put up a show to beat Albazi and cement his status as one of the best flyweights in the business. Figueiredo, however, needs to figure out a way to outmaneuver Albazi to secure a victory and improve his stock in the flyweight category.

Albazi vs Figueiredo Betting Numbers

Albazi
Figueiredo
Record 14-1-0 13-4-1 (1 NC)
Last Fight Win Win
Country Sweden Brazil
Height 5’5″ 5’6″
Weight (lbs) 125 125
Reach (in) 68 68
Win by KO/TKO 29% 23%
Win by Submission 57% 62%
Decisions 14% 15%
Strikes landed per minute 4.06 1.98
Striking accuracy 40% 60%
Striking absorbed per minute 3.15 2.59
Striking defense 58% 63%
Takedown average 2.28 2.88
Takedown accuracy 75% 75%
Takedown defense 66% 82%
Submission average 0.8 0.5

Albazi vs Figueiredo Betting Picks

UFC sportsbooks are overwhelmingly in favor of Albazi against Figueiredo despite the lack of activity that the Swedish had over the past few months. Figueiredo last fought three months ago while the previous time Albazi stepped inside the octagon was almost 19 months ago. Albazi’s skills are top-class so it will be easy picking for him to beat the Brazilian. But rust can set in and become a factor against the 28-year-old as nagging injuries have shelved Albazi after he won over Zhumagulov. The verdict in this contest is Albazi will outclass Figueiredo and win via decision despite the ring rust that he will experience in the opening round.