UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov- Cody Stamann vs Askar Askar: Prediction and Analysis

Published 02/05/2021, 6:24 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Cody Stamann punches Jimmie Rivera in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Cody Stamann who is 1-1-1 in his last outings will put it all on the line against newcomer Askar Askar. The aforementioned featherweight bout takes place on the main card for UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Volkov. Chiefly, the event marks the UFC’s return to the Apex Facility and goes down on Super Bowl weekend for some friendly competition.

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The 145-pound division has been on fire lately with several notable names emerging out of the woodwork. The champion Alexander Volkanovski is gearing up to defend his title again, and this opens the gates for new contenders. While Stamann and Askar aren’t in line for immediate contention, a win on the big stage wouldn’t hurt.

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UFC bantamweights: Cody Stamann vs Askar Askar

‘The Spartan’ was on a 10-fight win streak at one point before running into title challenger Aljamain Sterling at UFC 228. He lost the fight via Suloev Strech Kneebar submission and hasn’t exactly got a winning streak going since. However, if his recent win over Brian Kelleher is any indication, Cody Stamann is still very much a key player.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Jimmie Rivera punches Cody Stamann in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He’s been given the unfortunate task of welcoming a UFC newcomer to the division and hence doesn’t have much to gain. However, he’s coming off a loss to Jimmy Rivera in his last fight and will look to bounce back. Moreover, his skill set is well-rounded enough that he’ll be confident that he can etch out a win over anyone.

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Askar Askar suffered his first career loss not long ago, but managed to bounce back with a unanimous decision win. The 11-1 fighter is a range based attacker who’s had experience fighting tough streaking fighters in promotions like LFA. Not to mention, he’s fallen into wins across various spectrums, including TKO due to retirement and ‘Tap to Strikes’.

Askar will have to dot his ‘I’s and cross his T’s’ if he’s to make the impact he’s looking for. Cody Stamann fights with a vengeance when coming off a loss, and it’s unclear whether Askar has what it takes. Not to mention, the caliber of opponents he’s faced isn’t truly comparable to ‘The Spartan’s resume.

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Prediction: Cody Stamann to claim a first-round submission win (RNC)

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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