Movsar Evloev vs Bryce Mitchell Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC 288 (Back a Lengthy Featherweight Bout)
By Larry Rupp
Evloev vs Mitchell Fight Info, Date & Time
UFC 288 — Main Card Featherweight Bout
Movsar Evloev (16-0-0, 3 KOs) vs. Bryce Mitchell (15-1-0, 0 KOs)
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Fight Time: This will be on the main card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Venue: Prudential Center — Newark, NJ
Coverage: ESPN+, PPV
Evloev vs Mitchell Odds & Prop Bets
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- Movsar Evloev: (-290)
- Bryce Mitchell: (+215)
Method of Victory:
- Evloev by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Evloev by Points: (TBD)
- Evloev by Submission: (TBD)
- Mitchell by KO/TKO: (TBD)
- Mitchell by Points: (TBD)
- Mitchell by Submission: (TBD)
Evloev vs Mitchell Prediction
Talk about making a name for yourself at the UFC level. Movsar Evloev has won each of his first six fights inside the octagon, improving his professional record to 16-0-0 in the process. Five of the 29-year-old's six wins have come via unanimous decision, suggesting the bouts were not all that close.
On the other side, Mitchell also won each of his first six fights at the UFC level, but then suffered the first loss of his professional career at the hands of Ilia Topuria via submission at UFC 282. Mitchell took too long to take the fight to the ground and it caused him to get into an unfavorable position.
That cannot happen again against an undefeated pro like Evloev. Evloev is known for his constant striking as it wears down opponents and gives him an advantage when the fight turns into a grappling match. Early aggression will be the key to success here, so I'll back the Russian to remain undefeated.
Winner: Movsar Evloev (-290)
Evloev vs Mitchell Best Bet
Evloev certainly has the heavy hands needed to knock out his opponent (4.36 significant strikes per minute), but that is something he hasn't done at the UFC level yet. Each of his six fights has gone the distance as he continues to show why he is not afraid to outlast anyone in his way to earn a victory.
Keep in mind four of Mitchell's six UFC bouts prior to his December loss also went the distance. The American is going to try to take this fight to the ground immediately, which is where both his and Evloev's elite grappling skills will come into play. Neither one has a distinct advantage in that scenario.
Bet: Fight to Go the Distance (TBD)
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