UFC 289 Odds, Pick & Prediction for Aiemann Zahabi vs. Aori Qileng: Consider This Round-Robin Piece (Saturday, June 10)

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Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC. Pictured: UFC bantamweight Aiemann Zahabi of Canada

Aiemann Zahabi vs. Aori Qileng Odds

Zahabi Odds
Qileng Odds
2.5 (-195 / +160)
Rogers Arena in Vancouver
8:25 p.m. ET
Odds as of Saturday and via DraftKings

Two fighters on a roll meet on the UFC 289 preliminary card with Aiemann Zahabi vs. Aori Qileng.

Both bantamweights have posted back-to-back victories in the UFC and now look to make it three in a row.

Will Canadian Zahabi or China's Qileng win this tightly lined fight? Let's break it down.

Tale of the Tape

Avg. Fight Time12:0111:57
Weight (pounds)135 lbs.135 lbs.
Reach (inches)68"69"
Date of birth11/19/19876/25/1993
Sig Strikes Per Min3.016.07
SS Accuracy43%48%
SS Absorbed Per Min3.387.18
SS Defense72%48%
Take Down Avg0.251.57
TD Acc16%45%
TD Def75%55%
Submission Avg0.00.0

Zahabi is the brother of legendary trainer Firas Zahabi, the head coach for welterweight GOAT Georges St-Pierre.

He is a technical but low-volume striker (6.9 strike attempts per minute) with good grappling skills but subpar offensive wrestling (16% takedown accuracy).

Qileng is much more enthusiastic – averaging more than 12 strike attempts per minute, but he encourages more than 14 from his opponents – and has absorbed more than he has landed.

Zahabi is the more measured and composed fighter, but his opponent's pace may force a finish on either side.

Zahabi vs. Qileng Pick

In a firefight, I would give Qileng the durability edge. But other than Qileng by knockout (projected +373), I don't see an edge in this fight.

I'll consider that prop as a round-robin piece; otherwise, this is a spot to pass.

The Pick: Pass

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