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UFC 257: Tavares vs Carlos Junior 01/23/2021 Fight Analysis, Forecast and Betting Tips

UFC 257: Tavares vs Carlos Junior 01/23/2021 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make their first major event for the year in UFC 267 happening this Saturday, January 23. This fight card is expected to go down at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Fans can get to enjoy the matches through Pay Per View and UFC Fight Pass. The main event promises to be a blockbuster as Conor McGregor will try to put on a show as he goes up against Dustin Poirier. A hard-hitting middleweight match can be seen in the undercard with Brad Tavares fighting Antonio Carlos Junior. This is going to be a close match but according to UFC Fight Odds, Brad Tavares owns a small edge over Antonio Carlos Junior.

UFC 257: Tavares vs Carlos Junior 01/23/2021

When:Saturday, January 23, 8:00 PM ET
Where:Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TV:Pay Per View
Stream:UFC Fight Pass

UFC 257: Tavares vs Carlos Junior 01/23/2021 Odds

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Brad Tavares-120Antonio Carlos Junior+100

Brad Tavares

Brad Tavares is a 33-year-old fighter and his hometown is located in Kailua, Hawaii in the USA. He is five-foot-eleven and gets his training at the Xtreme Couture fight team and MMA Development. Tavares has been fighting at the middleweight division most of his career and now has a 17-6 professional MMA record. His wins are divided into ten decisions, five knockouts, and two submissions. Coming to this fight against Antonio Carlos Junior, he hopes to bounce back after two consecutive losses. His most recent match happened in UFC 244 but got knocked out in the first round by Edmen Shahbazyan.

Antonio Carlos Junior

Antonio Carlos Junior just entered his 30s and he is a fighter that came all the way from Joao Pessoa in Paraiba, Brazil. He is a natural at the middleweight division and represent American Top Team. Carlos Junior stands at six-foot-two and he has a professional fighting record of 10-4. Eight of his wins came from submissions while the rest are decisions. He has been fighting in the UFC since May 2014. He is also on back-to-back losses like Brad Tavares and it has been more than a year since his last fight. Antonio lost to Uriah Hall in UFC Fight Night 158 and it was a very close match with the judges split on their decision.

Tavares vs Carlos Junior Betting Numbers

Carlos Junior
Last FightLossLoss
Weight (lbs)185185
Reach (in)7479
Win by KO/TKO29%0%
Win by Submission12%80%
Strikes landed per minute3.001.91
Striking accuracy40%44%
Striking absorbed per minute2.761.98
Striking defense55%53%
Takedown average1.033.70
Takedown accuracy27%44%
Takedown defense77%53%
Submission average0.000.90

Tavares vs Carlos Junior Betting Picks

These are both fighters doing whatever it takes to avoid a losing streak and Brad Tavares owns the slight edge in Sports Betting since he has been fighting more consistently than Antonio Carlos Junior. This should be decided by the judges but Tavares is the safer bet.