Ramazan Emeev is favored against David Zawada at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Holloway on Saturday, January 16 at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This event is one of seven fights on the preliminary card on ESPN+. Zawada is 17-5 in his career, while Emeev is 19-4 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main card on ABC/ESPN+ on UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar, with the headliner a bout between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card on ESPN+. Let’s look at the bout between Zawada and Emeev and UFC predictions.
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David Zawada (17-5, 1-2 UFC)
Zawada came into the UFC with a record of 16-3 and he has one win and two losses in the UFC. He defeated Abubakar Nurmagomedov by triangle choke submission; while losing to Danny Roberts by split decision and Li Jingliang by TKO. Zawada has been a pro since 2010 and he has 11 wins by TKO/KO and four by submission. He has 10 first round finishes. Zawada said this to mymmanews.com about his upcoming fight against Emeev, “I will be stronger, faster and smarter as in my fights before. Dangerous in the stand-up and dangerous on the ground. Emeev is a strong opponent and I think it’s going to be a war.”
Ramazan Emeev (19-4, 4-1 UFC)
Emeev came into the UFC with a record of 15-3 and he has four wins and one loss in the UFC. He defeated Sam Alvey by unanimous decision, Alberto Mina by unanimous decision, Stefan Sekulic by unanimous decision, and Niklas Stolze by unanimous decision; while losing to Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision. Emeev has been a pro since 2009 and he has three wins by TKO/KO and seven by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Zawada 3.38/ Emeev 2.29
Striking Accuracy: Zawada 41% / Emeev 43%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Zawada 4.32/ Emeev 1.79
Defense: Zawada 56% / Emeev 68%
Takedown average: Zawada 0.94/ Emeev 2.00
Takedown Accuracy: Zawada 22% / Emeev25%
Takedowns defended: Zawada 60% / Emeev 72%
Submission average: Zawada 3.3/ Emeev 0.6
Zawada is getting back into the ring after being gone for over a year and I rarely like to take fighters coming off a layoff. Emeev is the better fighter and he will probably get the win, but I don’t like laying big prices and Emeev is nearly a 3-1 favorite. I do like the rounds in this fight, as I find it hard to believe that Zawada is going to be in good enough cardio shape after his layoff to go the distance. These two have combined for 17 first round finishes and it would not surprise me to see a quick finish in this one. I will go under the rounds total in this fight. UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates takes place on Sunday January 17 but because of the time difference, it will start on Saturday, January 16 Eastern Time in North America with five fights on the main card on ABC/ESPN+ headlined by Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar and seven preliminary bouts on ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar Card & Odds
Featherweight - Calvin Kattar +130 vs. Max Holloway -157
Featherweight - Jacob Kilburn +177 vs. Austin Lingo -215
Heavyweight - Justin Tafa +154 vs. Carlos Felipe -186
Middleweight - Punahele Soriano +130 vs. Dusku Todorovic -157
Welterweight - David Zawada +207 vs. Ramazan Emeev -255
Women's Bantamweight - Vanessa Melo +188 vs. Sarah Moras -230
Welterweight - Li Jingliang +239 vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio -298
Middleweight - Nassourdine Imavov +113 vs. Phil Hawes -137
Middleweight - Alessio Di Chirico +221 vs. Joaquin Buckley -274
Welterweight - Matt Brown +143 vs. Carlos Condit -171
Flyweight - Joselyne Edwards -102 vs. Yanan Wu -122
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