Derek Brunson vs Elias Theodorou Co-Main Event Preview, Analysis & Prediction

DaveBets

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:38 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019 8:38 PM UTC

Let’s take a more in-depth look into this weekend’s UFC Middleweight fight between knockout artist Derek Brunson and decision grinder Elias Theodorou.

<p>Interesting matchmaking in this one, the odds are close for a reason. Not the easiest of fights to handicap as both fighters do well in different aspects of the fight game. Brunson is a quick and powerful finisher, whilst Theodorou has six victories by decision in the UFC. Holding an 8-2 record in the UFC, Elias has only two losses and for all the slack he gets… he delivers.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/VUbCjOXOaRQ\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Boasting a three-fight win streak, Elias has shown he can handle the aggressive pressure striker when he defeated Eryk Anders in his previous outing. Elias is a tough dude; Derek doesn’t offer much other than wild swinging haymakers. I think Elias is a great UFC point fighter, and it’s looking like Brunson is losing chin by the fight, maybe Elias can get a knockout. I mean Elias throws that many kick its possible with Brunson’s wild style that he could get caught.</p><p>Derek has suffered two losses by knockout in his previous two fights, knockouts can be very damaging to some fighters and sometimes no matter how long lay off the fighter receives, the after-effects can be apparent in fights to come. Luckily for Derek, he isn’t facing an opponent who has a history of knockout victories, but just because Elias is on a finish drought, doesn’t mean that he does not possess the skill and power to get it done inside the distance.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/elias-theodorou-trevor-smith-ufc-fight-night-131-8.jpg?w=1000&amp;h=576&amp;crop=1" style="width:700px;height:403px;" /></p><p>I think if Elias provided more finishes, he would definitely be in title contention right now. Finishing this fight against Brunson would help his cause and I hope he can get it done.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🇨🇦 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/EliasTheodorou?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@EliasTheodorou&lt;/a&gt; throws down in the &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFCOttawa?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#UFCOttawa&lt;/a&gt; co-MANE event Saturday &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/nyCUtAjm3h\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/nyCUtAjm3h&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/UFC_CA/status/1122955536503275521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;29 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Statistically, Elias beats Brunson in significant strikes landed per minute 4.2 to 3.1, Accuracy is equal but Brunson adsorbs more strikes per minute and has a lower striking defence than Elias.</p><p>Brunson slightly edges in grappling statistics but Elias takedown defence and size should do enough to keep Brunson’s wrestling at bay.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center;">What will happen?<br /> </h2><p></p><p>Brunson might learn his lesson and tame the inner beast in him that leaves the chin open for a knockout, if he decides to pace himself against Elias, I think that will play right into the game plan. Elias can point fight all day long, and I think that’s what we’ll see here. Brunson might even win the first round but as soon as Elias finds his groove, he’ll out strike Brunson until a decision victory or maybe surprise us with a knockout.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center;">The Odds</h2><p></p><p><br />Each book has different odds, some favour Brunson whilst others favour Theodorou. The best price for Elias is at [2.02] [51/50] [+102] with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">William Hill</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">(All the best odd’s available at <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/" target="_blank" title="Check all Fighting Odds">OddsMarket</a>)</p><p><strong>When and Where</strong></p><p>UFC Fight Night 150 is in Ottawa, Ontario at the Canadian Tire Centre this Saturday, 4th May.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Main Card (1 a.m. GMT - 8 p.m ET)</strong></p><ul> <li>Al Iaquinta vs. Donald Cerrone</li> <li>Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou</li> <li>Cub Swanson vs. Shane Burgos</li> <li>Brad Katona vs. Merab Dvalishvili</li> <li>Walt Harris vs. Sergey Spivak</li> <li>Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Andrew Sanchez</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>Preliminary Card (10 p.m GMT - 5 p.m ET)</strong></p><ul> <li>Sarah Moras vs. Macy Chiasson</li> <li>Aiemann Zahabi vs. Vincent Morales</li> <li>Nordine Taleb vs. Kyle Prepolec</li> <li>Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles</li> <li>Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan Adams</li> <li>Mitch Gagnon vs. Cole Smith</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>What TV channel will it be on?</strong></p><p>If you have UFC Fight Pass, the early prelims will be shown there from 10:00 pm GMT before the main card show begins at 1 a.m. GMT live on BT Sport 1 or alternatively ESPN+ for American viewers</p><p> </p><p><strong>Where can I get the best odds available for this event?</strong></p><p>For some of the best odds available for ‘UFC Fight Night 150’ visit William Hill or <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>.</p>
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