Odds 6 Prediction: Su Mudaerji (-440) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (+340). Our picks: Mudaerji via KO/TKO (-150)
No fighter enters Wednesday’s card at shorter moneyline odds than Su Madaerji, a shoo-in pick to beat Zarrukh Adashev with William Hill NJ, where he’s priced at -440 prior to his fourth UFC bout.
The “Tibetan Eagle” (13-4) entered the promotion with a hefty reputation for finishing his opponents, assembling an 11-2 record in China by virtue of 10 knockouts and one submission. The 24-year-old suffered a submission loss to Louis Smolka in his UFC debut at bantamweight, followed by the first career decision of his career in a victory over Andre Soukhamthath.
Moving down to flyweight proved a fruitful decision as Madaerji looked back to his old self with a first-round KO of Malcolm Gordon in November, hoping to extend his two-win streak against kickboxer Adashev (3-2):
The matchup is a favorable one for the Chinese-born prospect, with +340 underdog Adashev looking to prove he’s more than a mere stepping stone for the rising talent.
However, “The Lion” was caught cold against Tyson Nam in June when he suffered the first knockout of his career, and his chances don’t look promising if a back-and-forth exchange is his tactic of choice.
Mudaerji has accumulated nine first-round wins in his career and is a +140 contender to add to that tally in Abu Dhabi, while a second-round victory more than triples that return at +450 odds.
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