UFC 278: Fletcher vs Loosa 08/20/2022 Favorite Predictions, Preview and Fight Analysis

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UFC 278 Fletcher vs Loosa 08-20-2022 Favorite Predictions Preview and Fight Analysis

UFC 278: Fletcher vs Loosa 08/20/2022 – A.J. Fletcher and Ange Loosa seek to bounce back from their previous losses as they clash in a welterweight bout that is part of the UFC 278 preliminaries on Saturday, August 20, at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The preliminary card will begin at 6:00 PM ET with ESPN Pay-Per-View covering the match on television, and UFC Fight Pass will present the hostilities on live stream.

Fletcher’s unbeaten streak of nine games was halted in his loss to Matthew Semelsberger in March. Loosa lost his UFC debut with a unanimous decision loss to Mounir Lazzez in April. Both fighters aim to pick up a win to resume their campaigns and climb to the stacked-up welterweight ladder. UFC oddsmakers favor Fletcher in the fight due to his superior skills but do not sleep on Loosa as he also can knock his opponents out with his top-class striking.

UFC 278: Fletcher vs Loosa 08/20/2022

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

UFC 278: Fletcher vs Loosa 08/20/2022 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
A.J. Fletcher -152 Ange Loosa +132

A.J. Fletcher

A.J. Fletcher is an up-and-comer with a fight record of 9-1 win-loss. He picked up his lone setback in March, succumbing to Matthew Semelsberger by unanimous decision. Before the loss, Fletcher strung up nine consecutive victories with eight of his wins ending via stoppages. His flying knee knockout win in the first round over Leonardo Damiani in the Dana White Contender Series 2021 gave him a shot in the UFC. However, Fletcher fell short on his bid for 10-0 when he was outplayed by Semelsberger in the last two rounds en route to a unanimous decision setback. The American needs to win convincingly against Loosa to improve his status in the 170-pound division and boost his chances of fighting high-caliber opponents in the future.

Ange Loosa

Ange Loosa stakes his 8-3 win-loss record against Fletcher as he looks to bounce back from his previous setback against Mounir Lazzez. In his eight victories, Loosa has stopped six opponents, five of them by knockout and one submission. The Swiss needs to move on from his recent defeat and use his striking to defeat Fletcher. A win would elevate “The Last Ninja” to welterweight relevancy as it places him up the up-and-coming 170-pounders who want to secure more lucrative fights in the future. Loosa needs to tire Fletcher in the latter rounds to set him up for the kill.

Fletcher vs Loosa Betting Numbers

Record 9-1-0 8-3-0
Last Fight Loss Loss
Country USA Switzerland
Height 5’10” 5’10”
Weight (lbs) 170 170
Reach (in) 67 74
Win by KO/TKO 44% 63%
Win by Submission 44% 13%
Decisions 11% 25%
Strikes landed per minute 2.53 5.07
Striking accuracy 55% 38%
Striking absorbed per minute 2.53 8.30
Striking defense 55% 48%
Takedown average 4.31 0.50
Takedown accuracy 62% 16%
Takedown defense 0% 100%
Submission average 1.7 0.5

Fletcher vs Loosa Betting Picks

Fletcher will be the favorite in this three-round encounter, MMA fight picks indicate. However, Loosa can’t be frowned upon as he has the skills to knock his opponents down. Both fighters will have their hands full to pull off an impressive win to gain more ground and fights in the 170-pound category. The verdict: Fletcher will win by either submission or decision against Loosa in the latter rounds.