UFC 271 Adesanya vs. Whittaker Prediction, Tips & Odds – Feb. 13, 2022
This Saturday, a spectacle awaits us in Houston, Texas the UFC 271.
As usual, our bet experts have selected some of the most exciting fights for you, and on our site in the Picks section, you can read the analysis of those matches.
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Adesanya vs. Whittaker
In the first fight, Adesanya proved to be perhaps in the best shape of his career. Back then Adesanya had great control over the distance, drove Whittaker crazy with his movements, stood firmly on his back leg, waited for a counter, and each time mutilated Whittaker, who was in his “karate-teakwondo” position on his front leg. And Adesanya won that fight.
Since then, Whittaker has improved a lot, fixed a lot of things, and he looks somehow fresher. All three victories he achieved went to decision, he worked a lot tactically, and he looks smarter. But Adesanya is one of the best tactically prepared fighters in the entire UFC, and any headless attack or attempted demolition will counter with a front hand or some low kick. Blachowicz showed what the solution was for Israel, wrestling, and staying on the floor, the same thing Vettori tried in the last match.
Whittaker should try to catch those low kicks, and knock him down, as Adesanya has become a little too in love with them lately and doesn’t throw them so hard anymore. But, that tactic is a double-edged sword. To win and finish Adesanyu, you need a lot of strength, concentration, and patience, the question is how much Whittaker has progressed in that segment and whether this role of challenger makes him more relaxed. For the middleweight category the new champion would be welcome, as Adesanya has turned the circle, and somehow seems to be ahead of everyone, for the class. Both fighters of the last couple of fights go to the judges’ decisions.
Adesanya: 21W-1L, height 193cm, reach 203cm, 32 years.
Whittaker: 25W-5L, height 180cm, reach 185cm, 31 years.
Adesanya by decision or technical decision
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Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa
One of the most interesting fights tonight will be the match between a walking martial arts legend, in every sense of the word, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. The former UFC champion defeated Tim Sylivia, who has not fought since 2013, and he has been in the UFC since 2008. His opponent is far less well-known Jared Vanderaa, who wants to make the biggest scalp in his career so far.
Arlovski has not been able to enter the Top15 fighters lately, and he mostly loses those fights, all the guys who have beaten him lately are in the Top15, starting with Aspinal, Jairzinho, Sakai, Tuivas … The question is, is it Vanderaa?
So far, Arlovski has easily defeated the fighters from that lower echelon of the heavyweight category, Felipe, Sherman, Lins, and Boser. Over the years, he has learned that tactics and fitness play a big role. So now he wins most of the fights on the decision, using his kickbox, and clinching, where he nails the opponent to the wire, throws his elbows, knees, exhausts him, and sends him to the ground floor, where he collects precious points and wins rounds. At yesterday’s weigh-in, he stated that he trains better and more than at the age of 33.
Vanderaa is the guy who entered the UFC, via DWCS, where he beat Hunsucker in that elimination match, while in the UFC he has a score of 1-2! He lost the last match to Romanov. Although he is a black belt in BJJ, his fighting style so far shown in the UFC has been reduced to boxing, while he defended the demolition quite poorly, Romanov threw it very easily. He has good hand techniques, especially that front hook, and knowing Arlovski’s beard, it would not be good for Belarus to go astray.
Arlovski: 32W-20L-2NC, height 193cm, 111kg, reach 196cm, 43 years.
Vanderaa: 18W-6L, UFC 1W-2L, height 193cm, 120kg, reach 201cm, 29 years.
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