UFC Vegas 33: Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland Main Event Picks

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UFC Vegas 33: Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland Main Event Picks
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining fight between Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland. Here’s a complete preview, including updated UFC odds and our betting pick.

Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland

Middleweight Main Event Bout

Saturday, July 31, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

In the main event of the evening, Uriah Hall battles Sean Strickland. UFC Vegas 33: Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A limited number of fans will be in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

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Uriah Hall

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Uriah Hall moved to Queens, New York when he was 13 years old. He was bullied at school but martial arts helped end that at age 16. Hall is a second degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts under Tiger Schulmann and he also competed as a kickboxer in the World Combat League and at Bellator and Ring of Combat, where he won the Ring of Combat middleweight championship two times.

Hall suffered three straight losses against Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson and Gegard Mousasi between November 2015 and November 2016 but he got back on track and he's won five of his last six fights, including four straight. After stopping Anderson Silva in the fourth round at UFC Vegas 12 on October 31st, Hall faced former middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who suffered a devastating broken leg from the first kick he threw against him at UFC 261 on April 24th.

  • Born: July 31st, 1984
  • Age: 36
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 186 lbs
  • Reach: 79″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Fortis MMA
  • Class: Middleweight
  • Record: 17-9

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
13 wins by KO/TKO3.34 Landed38% Accuracy
1 win by Submission3.54 Absorbed69% Defended
3 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Two-time Ring of Combat middleweight champion
  • Second degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts
  • Former kickboxer in the World Combat League
  • Has won his last four fights

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Has shown mental weakness at times

Sean Strickland. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Sean Strickland

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Sean Strickland has been with the UFC for over seven years but he was on hiatus from October 2018 to October 2020 after becoming a victim of a serious motorcycle accident. Strickland came back looking to make up for lost time and he won his three fights since. Overall he's on a four-fight win streak and he's been inside MMA gyms for a long time, collecting valuable experience since picking up the gloves when he was 16 years old.

Strickland has just three losses in his UFC career, he went the distance with current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and there's no shame in that and he is entering his prime fighting years. The 30-year-old has won his last four fights, including a unanimous decision victory against Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Vegas 25 on May 1st and he can position himself as a top-ranked middleweight very soon.

  • Born: February 27th, 1991
  • Age: 30
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Reach: 76″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Cquence Jiu-Jitsu
  • Class: Middleweight
  • Record: 23-3

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
10 wins by KO/TKO5.14 Landed60% Accuracy
4 wins by Submission3.64 Absorbed82% Defended
9 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Vast knowledge in the striking department
  • His fundamental boxing skills are shining through
  • Very strong grappler
  • KOTC middleweight champion (one-time, five defenses)

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Absorbs 3.64 significant strikes per minute

Prediction

While Hall and Strickland own elite offensive striking skills, their styles and approaches are very different. Hall has a reach advantage and he will try to keep the fight at a distance with his solid kicking game while Strickland has shown ability to avoid incoming shots and pressure his opponents. Strickland's high work rate and heavy hands can cause Hall to crumble. Hall can't give Strickland an inch or we may witness him suffering a knockout loss.

UFC Pick: Sean Strickland Wins Inside the Distance +125 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Sean Strickland Wins ITD +125
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*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.