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UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland- Zarrukh Adashev vs Ryan Benoit: Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/29/2021, 12:24 PM EDT

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UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland will feature an exciting matchup in its main card as the flyweights Zarrukh Adashev and Ryan Benoit will lock horns. The flyweight division headed by Brandon Moreno needs a bit of attention and both these men can provide that spark with their brilliant fight.

Adashev will enter this bout on the back of two successive losses in as many matches for UFC. His first loss came against Tyson Nam on UFC on ESPN 10: Eye vs Cavillo via KO. The second came against Su Mudaerji via a unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 20.


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He had joined the promotion after having a successful stint with Bellator MMA, where he remained undefeated. In the three matches, he has won so far, 2 have come via KO/TKO while 1 has come via decision.


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Benoit meanwhile had the same fate in his last two matches. First, he lost to Heili Alatang at UFC Fight Night 165. His second loss came against Tim Elliott at UFC on ESPN 13. In the 10 matches, he has won so far, 8 have come via KO/TKO, while 1 each via decision and submission.

Zarrukh Adashev vs Ryan Benoit- analysis

If we look at their physical stats, Adashev stands at 5 feet 5″ inches tall with a reach of 65″. ‘Baby Face’ meanwhile stands at 5 feet 5″ tall with a slight reach advantage of 67″. In career statistics, ‘The Lion’ has so far landed 1.93 significant strikes per minute with 23% accuracy. He has absorbed 3.35 significant strikes with a 60% defense rate.

Benoit has landed 2.95 significant strikes with 41% accuracy. He has absorbed 3.40 significant strikes with a 60% defense rate. He averages 0.33 takedowns with 33% accuracy. ‘Baby Face’ has a good takedown defense of 70%.


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Adashev will feel confident from the fact that he will face someone of his own height. Losing to Nam and Mudaerji shouldn’t get into his head. Benoit’s offensive wrestling hasn’t quite developed yet, and he always falls in his standup game. Though he has some serious power to damage Adashev.

Adashev outclasses Benoit in a pure striking battle, as Benoit’s underdeveloped takedown game can not prevent this to not happen. So, a fast-paced slugfest sees Adashev landing the cleaner blows to seal the deal for him.


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Final prediction: Adashev via 2nd round TKO

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.