On Saturday from The Apex in Las Vegas, UFC Fight Night features two intriguing lightweight fights. One features an extremely talented prospect who has yet to be knocked out or submitted in his young career and another dangerous striker with significant power, giving us an intriguing preview as we examine this matchup.
This fight has all the hallmarks of an iconic MMA match-up, from quick strikes and outstanding striking abilities, to powerful punches delivering first round finishes. No wonder so many people want to watch it.
Azaitar began his MMA career impressively, winning 11 straight fights while recording 13 knockouts en route. Since his UFC debut in 2019, he quickly won two first-round finishes before suffering his first loss against Matt Frevola; that setback should motivate him to return to form in this battle.
Prado has had a more gradual beginning to his MMA career. He made his UFC debut last February against journeyman Jamie Mullarkey and lost in a close decision. Prado is known for being highly technical yet fast switch-stance strikers that also possess tremendous power; additionally he’s an excellent defensive fighter capable of holding their own on the ground as well.
Francisco Prado connects on 1.87 important hits per minute, absorbs 3.93 significant strikes per minute and lands 37% of his major strikes, on the other hand Ottman Azaitar scores 6.97 meaningful strikes per minute and scores 54% of the major strikes he throws. But he defends 63% of the significant strikes delivered by his opponents.
The Argentinian may not be as quick, but his power in the pocket can be devastating. He’s generally more effective than Azaitar and should focus on using grappling techniques in this fight if he hopes to have any chance at victory. Ottman was knocked out in his last battle so it’s difficult to predict how he’ll recover.
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Ottman Azaitar vs Francisco Prado Fight Information
- Date: 07/15/2023
- Time: 11:25 PM ET
- Location: UFC Apex.
- How to Watch Azaitar vs Prado: ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com