UFC 293 Odds, Pick & Prediction for Blood Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke: Go Small on Big Underdog (Saturday, September 9)
Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images. Pictured: UFC welterweight Blood Diamond (Mike Mathetha) of Zimbabwe
Blood Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke Odds
City Kickboxing has a big presence at UFC 293, including Blood Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke in a welterweight clash.
Diamond (aka Mike Mathetha) gets a third shot at a first UFC win – likely in his final opportunity to do so – when he meets a fellow striker in Radtke, who recently parlayed a CFFC title win into a UFC contract.
Despite Diamond's kickboxing background, he's a sizable underdog to 11-year vet Radtke.
Let's break down Blood Diamond vs. Radtke at UFC 293.
Tale of the Tape
|Avg. Fight Time||9:49||n/a|
|Weight||170.25 pounds||170.3 pounds|
|Date of birth||7/10/1988||7/9/1990|
|Sig Strikes Per Minute||3.26||0.00|
|SS Absorbed Per Minute||2.04||0.00|
|Take Down Average||0.00||0.00|
Diamond, a training partner and teammate of UFC 293 headliner and champ Israel Adesanya, will get his third (and potentially final) try at a UFC win on Saturday against Radtke, the CFFC welterweight champion.
Radtke, a former lightweight, is the smaller man in this matchup (two inches shorter, four-inch reach discrepancy) and may struggle to complete takedowns against a bigger, stronger fighter.
Diamond struggled with a pure grappler in Jeremiah Wells and a pure wrestler in Orion Cosce but might have more success defending takedowns against Radtke, the most undersized athlete of the three.
Radkte is well-rounded enough to keep the fight competitive – or potentially win the striking – even if he can't land takedowns.
Still, he should mix things up against Mathetha, who has more of a pure kickboxing skillset.
Diamond vs. Radtke Pick
Radtke doesn't have the best cardio, either.
And if he tries – and fails – to take down Diamond, he may gas himself out before the second half of the fight.
Take a small underdog shot on Mathetha – or Blood Diamond – depending on the book at +245 or better.
The Pick: Blood Diamond (+260, 0.25u at Caesars)