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UFC Fight Night 168: Crute vs Oleksiejczuk 2/23/2020 Fight Analysis, Odds and Picks

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UFC Fight Night 168 Crute vs Oleksiejczuk 2-23-2020 Fight Analysis Odds and Picks

UFC Fight Night 168: Crute vs Oleksiejczuk 2/23/2020 – The Ultimat Fighting Championship is bringing its brand to Auckland, New Zealand for the UFC Fight Night 168. This event can be seen on Pay Per View on Saturday, February 22 and the live stream is available on UFC Fight Pass. For the main event, they are putting on the cage their homegrown fighter Dan Hooker against Paul Felder. Co-headlining the event is two light heavyweight fighters going up against each other with Jim “The Brute” Crute and Michael “Lord” Aleksiejczuk. In this match  Crute is seen by UFC Fight Odds as the underdog for this match as in their previous encounter, Oleksiejczuk lost in the first round via Kimura. 

UFC Fight Night 168: Crute vs Oleksiejczuk 2/23/2020

When:Sunday, February 23, 6:00 PM ET
Where:Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
TV:Pay Per View
Stream:UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 168: Crute vs Oleksiejczuk 2/23/2020 Odds

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Jimmy Crute

Jimmy Crute is an Australian Fighter coming from Atlona Meadows, Victoria and fights out of Stewie’s House of BJJ. This young 23-year-old light heavyweight had already registered four fights under the UFC and he only lost once against Misha Cirkunov via Peruvian Necktie. Prior to that loss, Crute was an undefeated fighter for ten matches. This fighter is a submission specialist, as 11 of his matches coming from the mat. He can also knock his opponent out since he has strong hands. This fighter is someone to look out for in the UFC as with his age, he looks like a veteran in the cage. Expect this fighter to try to bring his opponent to the floor and will look to the Kimura hold most of the time. 

Michael Oleksiejczuk

Michael Oleksiejchzuk is a 25-year-old light heavyweight fighter that hails from Barki, Poland. He fights out of Gornik Leczna and currently owns a 14-4 professional MMA record. In his 14 wins, he knocked out his opponent ten times and he has a glaring weakness on the mat as his three losses were from submissions. Oleksiejchzuk made his UFC debut in 2017 where his fight ended in a no contest. He split his next four fights in the organization with wins over Gian Villante and Gadzhuimurad Antigulov. His last two were submission defeats against Ovince St. Preux and the latest was with Jim Crute. Look for this guy to find the knockout blow from the let goes. If he can’t connect then he will have a big disadvantage on this match. He only went to the scorecards thrice in his career and all of them were favoring him.

Crute vs Oleksiejczuk Betting Numbers

Record10-1-014-3-0 (1 NC)
Last FightLossLoss
Height6′ 2″6′ 0″
Win by KO/TKO40%71%
Win by Submission30%7%
Strikes landed per minute4.565.39
Striking accuracy57%56%
Striking absorbed per minute2.413.23
Striking defense53%68%
Takedown average0.581.2
Takedown accuracy100%66%
Takedown defense60%75%
Submission average2.30

Crute vs Oleksiejczuk Betting Picks

This match will start with both fighters trying to win on the stand-up. Crute will seek to put the fight on the floor the moment he will see an opening and Oleksiejczuk will try to avoid that as much as possible. This should not go to a distance with Crute seen as the victor by Top Online Sportsbook over Oleksiejczuk.