UFC 293 Odds, Pick & Prediction for Blood Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke: Go Small on Big Underdog (Saturday, September 9)

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Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images. Pictured: UFC welterweight Blood Diamond (Mike Mathetha) of Zimbabwe

Blood Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke Odds

Diamond Odds
Radtke Odds
1.5 rounds (-130 / +100)
Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Start Time
7:30 p.m. ET
Odds as of Saturday afternoon and via Caesars

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 Time9:49n/a
Weight170.25 pounds170.3 pounds
Reach (inches)76"72"
Date of birth7/10/19887/9/1990
Sig Strikes Per Minute3.260.00
SS Accuracy63%0%
SS Absorbed Per Minute2.040.00
SS Defense43%0%
Take Down Average0.000.00
TD Acc0%0%
TD Def69%0%
Submission Average0.00.0

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)

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