UFC Fight Night - Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov Odds

UFC Fight Night Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov

Robert Whittaker is favored against Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov on Saturday, June 22 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This event is one of 11 fights on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+. Whittaker is 25-7 in his career, including 16-5 in the UFC, while Aliskerov is 15-1 in his career, including 2-0 in the UFC. There are a total of 11 fights, all on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+ at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov. Let’s look at the bout between Whittaker and Aliskerov and UFC predictions.

UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov takes place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, June 22 with 11 fights, all on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+.

UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov Betting

Robert Whittaker (25-7, 16-5 UFC)

Whittaker came into the UFC with a record of 9-2 and he has 16 wins and five losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has four wins and two losses. He defeated Jared Cannonier by unanimous decision, Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision, Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision, and Paulo Costa by unanimous decision; while losing to Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision and Dricus du Plessis by TKO. Whittaker has been a pro since 2009 and he has nine wins by TKO/KO and five by submission. He has 11 first round finishes.

Whittaker said this to bjpenn.com about his upcoming fight against Aliskerov, “He’s a dangerous guy, got a really good skillset. The (betting) odds display that. I understand the type of fight it’s going to be, in some ways, it could be harder than Chimaev, but I’m fit, ready, and loaded to get this done…I watched some footage, some tape…he knows what he’s good at and he uses it to great effect. And I think the mentality behind stepping up to the plate, last minute, with everything to gain…nothing to lose, I expect him to come out really hard, aggressive and bring that (scrap).”

Ikram Aliskerov (15-1, 2-0 UFC)

Aliskerov came into the UFC with a record of 13-1 and he has two wins and no losses in the UFC. He defeated Phil Hawes by KO and Warlley Alves by TKO. Aliskerov’s only loss in his career was against Khamzat Chimaev by KO in April of 2019. Aliskerov has been a pro since 2012 and he has six wins by TKO/KO and five by submission. He has seven first round finishes.

Aliskerov said this to bloodyelbow.com about his upcoming fight against Whittaker, “After I took the fight I called Khabib. He said ‘You can’t miss these chances; you have to fly here and sweat for 2-3 days.’ We discussed (the fight). (He said) ‘Pay attention because he’s a striker, be attentive and everything will work out’. Whittaker isn’t a young guy (but) he’s an elite middleweight and one of the best fighters in the world, anything can happen.”

Striking Stats

Strikes landed per minute: Whittaker 4.57 /Aliskerov 8.24

Striking Accuracy: Whittaker 42% /Aliskerov 65%

Strikes absorbed per minute: Whittaker 3.45/Aliskerov 7.15

Defense: Whittaker 59% /Aliskerov 36%

Grappling Stats

Takedown average: Whittaker 0.81/Aliskerov 2.33

Takedown Accuracy: Whittaker 38%/Aliskerov 33%

Takedowns defended: Whittaker 82%/Aliskerov 0%

Submission average: Whittaker 0.0/Aliskerov 2.3

UFC Picks

It was supposed to be Whittaker taking on Khamzat Chimaev in this main event fight, but Chimaev got sick and had to be replaced. Whittaker has fought a lot of good fighters in his career and never backs down from a challenge. Aliskerov was going to be fighting Antonio Trocoli in Las Vegas but now he gets a big fight against Whittaker. There is no denying that Aliskerov has been extremely impressive in winning his first two UFC fights but this is a big step up in competition.

The question in this fight is whether or not Aliskerov is ready for the big time and to ready to take on a fighter like Whittaker. The UFC betting odds suggest he just might be, as Whittaker is just a slight favorite. I think I’ll pass on picking a winner and instead look at the rounds. The rounds are listed at 2.5 with the over at -160. I am a little surprised the rounds are this low. Whittaker doesn’t have a ton of power and unless Aliskerov is a future star, it is hard to see him getting a quick knockout in this fight. I’ll go over 2.5 rounds as my top play in this fight.

UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov Card & Odds

06/22 Ikram Aliskerov +124
Robert Whittaker -155
06/22 Alexander Volkov +179
Sergei Pavlovich -230
06/22 Daniel Rodriguez +190
Kelvin Gastelum -245
06/22 Joilton Lutterbach +186
Shara Magomedov -240
06/22 Volkan Oezdemir -120
Johnny Walker -110
06/22 Jared Gordon +186
Nasrat Haqparast -240
06/22 Nicolas Dalby +260
Rinat Fakhretdinov -349
06/22 Brendson Ribeiro +261
Magomed Gadzhiyasulov -350
06/22 Muin Gafurov -150
Kyung Ho Kang +120
06/22 Xiao Long -132
Chang Ho Lee +102

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