UFC 257 Odds & Picks: How to Bet Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez (Saturday, Jan. 23)

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  • Makhmud Muradov and Andrew Sanchez will clash on the UFC 257 main card after some last minute changes.
  • Muradov hasn't lost a fight since 2014, but he's been inactive since 2019. Is there value in him extending his win streak?
  • Sean Zerillo previews the matchup, including his favorite bet.

Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez Odds

Muradov Odds
-150
Sanchez Odds
+120
Over/Under
2.5 (-156/+115)
Venue
Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi
Time
Approx. 10:30 p.m. ET
Channel
ESPN PPV
Odds as of Friday evening and via PointsBet

Makhmud Muradov is stepping in for Andre Muniz, who dropped off the card in December because of injury, to take on Andrew Sanchez in a middleweight bout on Saturday night’s UFC 257 card.

It’s been a long road back to the Octagon for Muradov, who has seen his last four fights canceled. We last saw him in action in December 2019 when he scored a third-round knockout against Trevor Smith. He’s 2-0 since joining the UFC and now meets the Ultimate Fighter Season 23 champion.

It’s been an up-and-down career for Sanchez since that victory. He’s fought to a 4-3 record, most recently defeating Wellington Turman via knockout back in August.

Where’s the betting value in this fight? I’ll break down the matchup and betting odds below, and you can find my full breakdown of Saturday’s card here.

Tale of the Tape

Muradov Sanchez
Record 24-6 13-5
Avg. Fight Time 14:35 13:01
Height 6’2″ 6’1″
Weight (pounds) 185 lbs. 185 lbs.
Reach (inches) 75″ 74″
Stance Orthodox Orthodox
Date of birth 2/8/90 4/8/88
Sig Strikes Per Min 4.97 4.57
SS Accuracy 41% 44%
SS Absorbed Per Min 2.57 4.92
SS Defense 64% 50%
Take Down Avg 0.51 2.16
TD Acc 25% 32%
TD Def 100% 100%
Submission Avg 0.5 0.0
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Muradov vs. Sanchez Betting Pick

Muradov – who fights under Floyd Mayweather’s banner with The Money Team, will hope to extend his 13-fight winning streak against Sanchez – who flattened Wellington Turman with a first-round knockout back in August:

Andrew Sanchez vence a Wellington Turman por KO al 4:14, Round 1 #MMa #MMAMexico #UFCVegas6
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— SoloMMA (@Solo_MMA) August 8, 2020

Sanchez is known for gassing later in fights and showed much more aggression in that outing. Still, he’ll likely need to deploy his wrestling against Muradov (2.16 takedowns per 15 minutes, 32% accuracy), who has denied all three takedown attempts he has faced with the promotion.

Muradov is active enough (4.97 strikes landed per minute) on the feet to wear Sanchez down, and I think his defensive wrestling checks out to the point where I’m not particularly worried about him being ragdolled or dominated on the mat on first entry.

If he survives early, I believe that Muradov will begin to look like a massive favorite in this spot. I see slight value on the fight to end inside the distance (projected -124, listed -110) and for Muradov to win inside the distance (projected +122, listed +165), but Sanchez has shown durability until late in fights (both UFC knockout losses in Round 3), and I’m not interested in that sweat.

I prefer Muradov on the moneyline up to -163 (implied 62%), a three percent edge compared to my projected odds (65%).

He seems to have a substantially higher ceiling as a fighter, and I’m expecting to see improvements after a one-year layoff.

The Pick: Makhmud Muradov (-150)

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