UFC Fight Night 134 Picks - Vitor Miranda vs. Abu Azaitar


Abu Azaitar is favored over Vitor Miranda at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday night in Hamburg, Germany. This event is one of six on the main card on FS1. Miranda is 12-6 in his career, while Azaitar is 13-1-1 in his career. There are a total of six fights on the main card on FS1, with the headliner a bout between Maurício Rua and Anthony Smith. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Miranda and Azaitar and UFC picks.

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Vitor Miranda (12-6, 3-3 UFC)

Miranda came into the UFC with a record of 9-3 and he has three wins and three losses in the UFC. He defeated Jake Collier by TKO, Clint Hester by TKO, and Marcelo Guimarães by TKO; while losing to Antônio Carlos Júnior by unanimous decision, Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision, and Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision. Miranda has been a pro since 2003 and has nine wins by TKO/KO and two by submission. He has eight first round finishes.

Abu Azaitar (13-1-1, UFC debut)

Azaitar is making his UFC debut. In his last five fights, he has four wins and one draw. He has defeated Rafal Lewon by unanimous decision, Ibragim Tibilov by TKO, Danny Davis Jr. by unanimous decision, and Michael Arrant by unanimous decision; while fighting to a draw against to Piotr Strus in May of 2014. In his career, he has had only one loss which was against Marcin Naruszczka by TKO in September of 2012. He has not fought since October of 2016. Azaitar has been a pro since 2009 and has seven wins by TKO/KO and one by submission. He is on a four fight winning streak and has seven first round finishes.
Azaitar said this to ufc.com about coming to fight in the UFC, “It has always been my dream to fight in the top league with the best MMA athletes. Now, thanks to God, this dream has come true.”

Striking Stats

Strikes landed peminute: Miranda 3.39 / Azaitar 0.00
Accuracy: Miranda 46% / Azaitar 0%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Miranda 2.89/ Azaitar 0.00
Defense: Miranda 57% / Azaitar 0%

Grappling Stats

Takedown average: Miranda 0.47 / Azaitar 0.00
Accuracy: Miranda 40% / Azaitar 0%
Takedowns defended: Miranda 51% / Azaitar 0%
Submission average: Miranda 0.0 / Azaitar 0.0

UFC Picks

Miranda has been struggling lately with two losses in a row and really needs a win. Azaitar is making his UFC debut, so it is hard to know what type of fighter he will be in the UFC. The oddmakers have him listed as a -180 favorite and I always try to pay attention when the oddsmakers favor a fighter making his UFC debut. I will take Azaitar to get the win. The combined first round finishes of Miranda and Azaitar are 15, so I will also take the rounds to go under the total.

UFC Fight Night 134 takes place on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The main card has six fights on FS1, featuring Maurício Rua taking on Anthony Smith. There are seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass.

Main Card (FS1)

Light Heavyweight – Anthony Smith -235 vs. Maurício Rua
Light Heavyweight – Glover Teixeira -180 vs. Corey Anderson
Middleweight – Abu Azaitar -180 vs. Vitor Miranda
Heavyweight – Marcin Tybura -250 vs. Stefan Struve
Welterweight – Danny Roberts -400 vs. David Zawada
Lightweight – Marc Diakiese -178 vs. Nasrat Haqparast

Preliminary Card (FS1)

Lightweight – Nick Hein -170 vs. Damir Hadžovic
Welterweight – Emil Weber Meek -160 vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Featherweight - Nad Narimani -245 vs. Khalid Taha
Light Heavyweight – Justin Ledet -138 vs. Aleksandar Rakic

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Bantamweight – Manny Bermudez -245 vs. Davey Grant
Light Heavyweight – Darko Stošic -270 vs. Jeremy Kimball
Bantamweight - Liu Pingyuan -126 vs. Damian Stasiak
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