Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan will headline a UFC Fight Night card this Saturday in Austin, Texas.
For Tsarukyan, a win would move him toward lightweight title contender status, while Dariush needs to bounce back following a lopsided loss to Charles Oliveira.
Tsarukyan is a -275 favorite over Dariush (+225).
Beneil Dariush vs Arman Tsarukyan Odds
Odds as of Nov. 30
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How To Bet Tsarukyan vs Dariush
I hope you like wrestling because that's what we're getting this Saturday. Probably.
There's little doubt in Tsarukyan's ruthless ground efficiency. The 27-year-old averages 3.43 takedowns per 15 minutes, while Dariush defends takedowns at an 80% clip. In a five-round main event, Tsarukyan will get Dariush down.
As bettors, we need to anticipate how the striking exchanges will go. "Benny" can fire kicks, uppercuts, and elbows to make things greasy. In a dogfight, Dariush has a better chance, but Tsarukyan will want to make this smooth, meaning measured exchanges and clean takedown entries.
Tsarukyan vs Dariush Betting Pick
It's hard to glean much from Dariush's last few fights. He's dangerous enough to score a KO, but Tsarukyan has never been finished in UFC action.
This should be a long, hard-fought fight, albeit one that ends inside the distance.