[adrotate group=”25″]Cyrille Diabate has opened as an underdog in this fight, which I find hilarious. This is another example of how MMA odds makers are completely clueless. The only reason why Ilir Latifi is fighting in the UFC is because he trains with Alexander Gustafsson and stepped in to fight Gegard Mousasi on short notice. It’s also a miracle that he’s on the main card of this event, because he doesn’t even deserve to be on the prelims.
Cyrille Diabate is a dangerous veteran and he has many advantages over Latifi in this fight. The frenchman is primarily a striker but he is also extremely well rounded and at 40 years old there is nothing that he hasn’t been through in the Octagon.
Diabate is an elite striker who holds a 7 inch reach advantage over Latifi. A reach advantage this big is a dangerous weapon for anyone, but it’s even more dangerous in the hands of a guy like Diabate, who is a world class striker, who knows how to use his reach to its full potential. It’s going to be extremely difficult for Latifi to get past this reach advantage and close the distance.
Cyrille Diabate also fights as a skilled Southpaw striker. Fighting a Southpaw is always difficult, but fighting an experienced Southpaw like Diabate will be extremely hard for Latifi, who is relatively inexperienced with only 10 pro fights.
Not only does Diabate possess excellent striking skills, with a significant reach and Southpaw advantage, but he is also ridiculously accurate. He throws a high volume of punches and successfully lands 72% of strikes. This statistic is one of the highest in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division. Normally when a striker throws high volumes of punches, they leave themselves open to getting hit a lot, but this isn’t the case with Diabate, who also has excellent striking defence.
The veteran frenchman is also a decent grappler with good take down defence. If Latifi does manage to get this fight to the ground, then I doubt he will be able to keep it there and even if he does, Diabate has a dangerous submission game.
Cyrille Diabate has a huge advantage in this fight and these odds are an absolute gift. I expect the odds to drop dramatically on Diabate winning, the closer we get to Fight Night, so be sure to place your bets as soon as possible! At the moment, the best value odds on Diabate to win can be found over at [adrotate group=”26″], so be sure to place your bets there for the extra profit.
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OUR BET: 10.00 UNITS ON CYRILLE DIABATE TO WIN AT 2.00 | +100 | 1/1
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