Chidi Njokuani vs Albert Duraev Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC on ESPN 43 (Njokuani Overwhelms Duraev)

Chidi Njokuani vs. Albert Duraev betting preview for UFC on ESPN 43, including predictions, odds and best bets.
Chidi Njokuani vs. Albert Duraev betting preview for UFC on ESPN 43, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo/Gregory Payan

Njokuani vs Duraev Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC on ESPN 43 — Main Card Middleweight Bout
Chidi Njokuani (22-8, 14 KOs) vs. Albert Duraev (15-4, 3 KOs)
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Fight Time: This will be on the main card, which begins at 7 p.m. ET.
Venue: AT&T Center — San Antonio, Texas
Coverage: ESPN+, ESPN

Njokuani vs Duraev Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC on ESPN 43 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Chidi Njokuani: (-194)
- Albert Duraev: (+150)

Method of Victory:
- Njokuani by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Njokuani by Points: (TBD)
- Njokuani by Submission: (TBD)
- Duraev by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Duraev by Points: (TBD)
- Duraev by Submission: (TBD)

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Njokuani vs Duraev Prediction

Both fighters enter UFC on ESPN 43 after suffering knockout losses in their last outing, respectively. Chidi Njokuani was knocked out by Gregory Rodrigues in Round 2 at UFC Vegas 60, while Albert Duraev also suffered a second-round TKO loss to Joaquin Buckley at UFC Austin.

Keeping that in mind, I see Njokuani bouncing back in San Antonio. It's important to remember that he had knocked out four consecutive opponents ahead of his latest loss, defeating the likes of Marc-Andre Barriault and Dusko Todorovic over that stretch. Meanwhile, Duraev has only beaten Roman Kopylov and Caio Bitencourt during his UFC tenure — hardly the stiffest competition.

Duraev is going to try to take things to the mat, but Njokuani's 75% takedown defense should keep him on his feet. The latter also averages 4.28 significant strikes per minute with 72% accuracy. A barrage like that might be too much for Duraev to handle after Buckley knocked him down twice on just 27 strikes.

Duraev is talented, but Njokuani has more going for him. Don't be surprised if "Chidi Bang Bang" finishes another foe this weekend.

Winner: Chidi Njokuani

Njokuani vs Duraev Best Bet

The moneyline is the only betting option at the moment, making a Njokuani outright win at -194 odds the best bet for now. Make sure to check back on FanDuel Sportsbook leading up to UFC on ESPN 43 for more playable options.

Bet: Chidi Njokuani ML (-194)

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