UFC predictions, picks and best bets for UFC Fight Night 194: Romanov stays perfect
UFC Fight Night 194 takes place on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will feature a women’s strawweight division fight as the main event.
We are sharing our UFC Fight Night 194 best bets here, but head over to our main UFC Fight Night 194 predictions page for picks for every fight on the main and preliminary card. Please gamble responsibly when following our MMA picks and predictions.
UFC Fight Night 194 main card best bets
Phil Hawes comes into this fight with an MMA record of 11-2. He is 4-1 in the UFC, most recently beating Kyle Daukaus by unanimous decision back in May of this year. He is averaging 3.44 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 58%. He is absorbing 3.29 strikes and has a striking defense of 52%. His grappling is also solid, averaging 2.70 takedowns per every 15 minutes. He has a takedown accuracy of 38% and a takedown defense of 100%.
Hawes has won his last 4 fights in a row, 2 of them coming by a finish. He has 9 wins by finish in his career, so backing another finish by Hawes looks to be a solid play.
UFC Fight Night 194 preliminary card best bets
Chris Gutierrez Win by Decision (-105) vs Felipe Colares
Chris Gutierrez comes into this fight with an MMA record of 16-3-2. He is 4-1-1 in the UFC, most recently beating Andre Ewell by unanimous decision back in February of this year. Gutierrez is averaging 4.30 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 57%. He is absorbing 2.45 strikes and has a striking defense of 59%. His grappling is not as strong though, averaging 0.57 takedowns per every 15 minutes. His takedown accuracy is 60% and his takedown defense is 73%.
Gutierrez has won most of his fights by decision, including 3 of his UFC fights. Felipe Colares has also seen all of his UFC fights go the distance, which includes 2 losses. His striking has not been great and he does not land his takedowns at a high rate. For that reason, backing Gutierrez to win by decision will be the play.
Alexandr Romanov Win by Submission or Decision (-150) vs Jared Vanderaa
Alexandr Romanov comes into this fight with an MMA record of 14-0. He is 3-0 in the UFC, most recently beating Juan Espino by split decision. He is averaging 3.68 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 44%. He is absorbing 1.47 strikes and has a striking defense of 43%. His grappling looks to be better than his striking, averaging 4.75 takedowns per every 15 minutes and 1.8 submission attempts during the same time period. Romanov has a takedown accuracy of 61% but a takedown defense of 20%.
Romanov is the clear favorite, it is just a matter of how he will win. He has won majority of his fights by submission, but very well could just control this fight on the ground for a decision win. Because of that, backing Romanov to win by submission or decision looks to be a solid play.