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UFC Fight Night 215: Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Ion Cutelaba 11/19/2022 Picks, Odds and Predictions

UFC Fight Night 215: Nzechukwu vs Cutelaba 11/19/2022 – Kennedy Nzechukwu and Ion Cutelaba square off in a three-round light heavyweight slugfest on Saturday, November 19, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is part of the UFC Fight Night main card that is slated to begin at 4:00 PM ET. Nzechukwu looks to duplicate his three-round technical knockout victory over Karl Roberson while Cutelaba seeks to break his two-fight losing skid and keep himself in contention in the 205-pound category. Online MMA fight picks are in the books as viewers expect an exciting showdown between the light heavyweight class.

UFC Fight Night 215: Nzechukwu vs Cutelaba 11/19/2022

When: Saturday, November 19, 4:00 PM ET
Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: ESPN+
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 215: Nzechukwu vs Cutelaba 11/19/2022 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Kennedy Nzechukwu -180 Ion Cutelaba +155

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Kennedy Nzechukwu

Kennedy Nzechukwu (10-3, 4-3 UFC) bounced back from his previous losses by knocking out Karl Roberson in the third round. The win handed the fighter known as “African Savage” his fourth win inside the octagon. He puts a premium on his striking due to his power and this power has racked up seven wins via the short route. He needs to improve on his ground game to stand a chance against a more experienced Cutelaba, who has knowledge in the ground due to his sambo background.

Ion Cutelaba

Ion Cutelaba (16-8-1, 1 NC, 5-7-1 UFC) has lost four of his last six fights in the octagon to Johnny Walker, Ryan Spann and twice to Magomed Ankalaev. The Moldovan’s hands are heavy as he won 12 of his fights via knockout but he needs to use his sambo skills to outclass the ground-weary Nzechukwu. Cutelaba’s ground game is underrated as he has chalked up two submission victories. He needs to use his experience to outclass his Nigerian foe and stop his two-fight losing skid.

Nzechukwu vs Cutelaba Betting Numbers

Nzechukwu
Cutelaba
Record 6-1-0 15-5-0 1 NC
Last Fight Win Loss
Country USA Moldova
Height 6’5″ 6’0″
Weight (lbs) 205 205
Reach (in) 82″ 74″
Win by KO/TKO 70% 75%
Win by Submission 0% 13%
Decisions 30% 13%
Strikes landed per minute 5.17 5.24
Striking accuracy 39% 38%
Striking absorbed per minute 3.53 3.21
Striking defense 56% 48%
Takedown average 0 1.64
Takedown accuracy N/A 66%
Takedown defense 86% 80%
Submission average 0 0

Nzechukwu vs Cutelaba Betting Picks

This is an even fight on paper but Cutelaba has a slight advantage on experience, according to live UFC odds. The Moldovan needs to use his sambo skills to get past his Nigerian rival. As for Nzechukwu, he must hold Cutelaba from getting a takedown to stand a better chance of winning. If he lets “The Hulk” take over the fight, it would be all over for him. Both fighters need this victory to secure more fights in the future and it could not last the full three-round route due to their abilities to finish opponents.