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UFC Fight Night 163: Magomedsharipov vs Kattar Betting Odds and Picks

UFC Fight Night 163: Betting Odds and Picks

For the second time in company history, the UFC is setting up shop in Moscow, Russia for UFC Fight Night 163: Magomedsharipov vs Kattar. The event will take place at the CSKA Arena on November 9 starting at 11 a.m. ET and will be headlined by a featherweight bout between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar. The Russia native, Magomedsharipov, is a -305 favorite with the American, Kattar, coming back at +235.

Event Information
  • UFC Fight Night 163: Magomedsharipov vs Kattar
  • Date/Time: November 9, 11 a.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: ESPN +

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Calvin Kattar

This fight was supposed to take place on UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston on October 18, but Magomedsharipov (-305) had to withdraw from the bout as he dealt with an injury. He is riding a 13-fight winning streak, including five in the UFC, and he looks to extend that streak over Kattar (+235). The Boston Finisher brings a two-fight winning streak into this fight, after back-to-back first-round knockouts of Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas.

Zabit, or Zabeast as he is affectionately called by his teammates, is a tremendously well-rounded fighter who transitions smoothly in the Octagon between fluid striking and unorthodox takedowns. He averages 6.23 takedowns per 15 minutes and has outstruck each of his five opponents in the UFC thus far. Kattar, on the other hand, is a little more one-dimensional as a striker, but what a one dimension that is. He has outstanding power that has earned him nine knockout victories in his career, including three in his last four fights. Additionally, he absorbs 6.35 significant strikes per minute but is willing to take damage to inflict damage.

Prediction: Zabit Magomedsharipov (-305) via decision

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Calvin Kattar Betting Odds
Zabit Magomedsharipov-305
Calvin Kattar+235

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Alexander Volkov vs Greg Hardy

We are seeing Alexander “Drago” Volkov (-275) for the first time since his last-minute knockout loss to Derrick Lewis at UFC 229 last October. Prior to that defeat, Volkov had been on a six-fight winning streak, including four in the UFC. Meanwhile, Greg “The Prince of War” Hardy (+215) has taken this fight on short notice, having fought less than a month ago on October 18. That last scrap ended in a no-contest after Hardy used an inhaler in between the second and third rounds, his second infraction in four UFC fights.

The Russian, Volkov, has fantastic boxing with an outstanding work rate. He averages 5.31 significant strikes per minute while only absorbing 2.39 significant strikes per minute. Prior to the Lewis loss, he had wins over Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve and former champion Fabricio Werdum. As for Hardy, he continues to show improvements each time he enters the Octagon, going the full three rounds in his last bout (with the inhaler help) and showing new combinations and leg kicks. The biggest X factor for Hardy is his power, with all five of his wins coming in the first round by knockout. Volkov has only been knocked out twice in 37 fights.

Prediction: Alexander Volkov (-260) via knockout

Alexander Volkov vs Greg Hardy Betting Odds
Alexander Volkov-275
Greg Hardy+215

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Zelim Imadaev vs Danny Roberts

Coming off the first loss of his career, Zelim Imadaev (-225) looks to get back on track in his second trip to the Octagon. The Russia native was 8-0 with eight knockouts prior to joining the UFC but lost his first bout by majority decision to Max Griffin. Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts (+175) is on the first losing slide of his career, falling to Claudio Henrique da Silva by third-round submission and Michel Pereira by first-round knockout in May.

Hot Chocolate moves around the Octagon effortlessly and is very light on his feet. He is primarily a boxer, constantly pawing away with his jab to find his range and set up his heavy left hand. Sometimes he waits far too long to let his hands go while looking for the perfect opportunity. Imadaev has great cardio, which makes him dangerous for the full duration of the fight. He struggled to defend the takedown in his UFC debut, getting taken down six times, but on the feet he was aggressive, marching forward throwing powerful loopy punches. His punches are not always well set up and he loads up on every strike, but when he connects he has some steam behind it.

Prediction: Zelim Imadaev (-225) via knockout

Zelim Imadaev vs Danny Roberts Betting Odds
Zelim Imadaev-225
Danny Roberts+175

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Khadis Ibragimov vs Ed Herman

Originally, this bout was supposed to be Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs Ed Herman but Antigulov was removed from the card for an undisclosed reason. So, Khadis Ibragimov (-155) has stepped up on late notice, returning to the Octagon for the first time since his first pro loss in August. Prior to that defeat, he was 8-0 and was the M-1 light heavyweight champion. Meanwhile, Ed “Short Fuse” Herman (+125) has dropped three of his last four fights, though he did earn a first-round knockout win over Patrick Cummins in May, his first win in over three years.

Short Fuse doesn’t keep his hands high, leaving him open to being hit, but for every strike he absorbs, he typically fires right back. He loads up on his strikes and does good work in the clinch. That said, the ground game is primarily where Herman likes to work, with 13 submission wins to his name. Ibragimov has a very wide stance and he wings his punches quite wildly but when they land, they do a lot of damage. Additionally, he does throw plenty of these looping punches at a time, which backs his opponents up, though a stiff jab down the middle typically stops him in his tracks. Lastly, with the big power strikes come conditioning issues and Ibragimov looked gassed after the first round against Da Un Jung in August, so if Herman can survive the first, he has a good chance to win.

Prediction: Ed Herman (+125) via decision

Khadis Ibragimov vs Ed Herman Betting Odds
Khadis Ibragimov-155
Ed Herman+125

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Ramazan Emeev vs Rocco Martin

Looking to remain unbeaten in the Octagon, Ramazan “Gorets” Emeev (-135) lays his seven-fight winning streak on the line against Anthony Rocco Martin (+105), who is looking to bounce back from his first loss since 2017. Emeev is 3-0 in the UFC with decision wins over Sam Alvey, Alberto Mina and Stefan Sekulic and is returning to the Octagon for the first time in over a year. As for Martin, he had his four-fight winning streak snapped last time out by a majority-decision loss to Demian Maia.

Emeev is a very well-rounded fighter with great striking and grappling. On the feet, he doesn’t have a high output but he does damage when he lands and his defense is outstanding. He makes opponents miss 70 percent of their strike attempts and has outstruck each of his three foes in the UFC. Similarly, Martin also is very skilled on the feet and on the floor. He survived going to the mat three times with Maia, which not many others can say, and held his own in the majority-decision loss. He only lands 37 percent of his strikes, though he only absorbs 2.49 significant strikes per minute, and on the floor, nine of his 16 wins have come by submission.

Prediction: Ramazan Emeev (-135) via decision

Ramazan Emeev vs Rocco Martin Betting Odds
Ramazon Emeev-135
Rocco Martin+105

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Shamil Gamzatov vs Klidson Abreu

Undefeated Shamil Gamzatov (-190) is putting his perfect 13-0 record on the line in his UFC debut against Klidson “Urso Branco” Abreu (+155). The Russian, Gamzatov, last competed in PFL in August 2018 and earned a unanimous-decision win. Abreu lost his UFC debut in February with a unanimous-decision defeat to Magomed Ankalaev, though he rebounded with a decision win over Sam Alvey in July.

Gamzatov has fast hands that he can really let fly when his opponents look to engage with him. He doesn’t have a lot of movement around the Octagon, choosing rather to stand his ground and go strike for strike. He has high-level grappling as well, winning three Abu Dhabi grappling tournaments. Abreu, meanwhile, is constantly bouncing around outside his opponents’ range, slowly backing them down and looking for them to throw a punch so he can counter with a flurry of strikes. Although Klidson doesn’t have a ton of output, when he does engage, he typically throws combinations of several strikes, usually ending with a takedown attempt.

Prediction: Shamil Gamzatov (-190) via decision

Shamil Gamzatov vs Klidson Abreu Betting Odds
Shamil Gamzatov-190
Klidson Abreu+155

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Here’s a look at the full list of odds for UFC Fight Night 163: Magomedsharipov vs Kattar:

Magomed Ankalaev vs Dalcha Lungiambula Betting Odds
Magomed Ankalaev-400
Dalcha Lungiambula+300

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Rustam Khabilov vs Sergey Khandozhko Betting Odds
Rustam Khabilov-200
Sergey Khandozhko+160

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Roman Kopylov vs Karl Roberson Betting Odds
Roman Kopylov-115
Karl Roberson-115

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs David Zawada Betting Odds
Abubakar Nurmagomedov-325
David Zawada+250

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Jessica-rose Clark vs Pannie Kianzad Betting Odds
Jessica-Rose Clark-115
Pannie Kianzad-115

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Grigorii Popov vs Davey Grant Betting Odds
Grigorii Popov-185
Davey Grant+150

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada

Roosevelt Roberts vs Alexander Yakovlev Betting Odds
Roosevelt Roberts-160
Alexander Yakovlev+130

Odds as of November 7 at Bovada