Styles will clash when striker John Dodson attempts to snuff out the grappling grace of Merab Dvalishvili, who rides into their bout as a proud -190 (1.53) favorite with William Hill NJ.
The moneyline odds look generous with Dodson out at +160 (2.60), but that doesn’t affect our prediction that Dvalishvili is capable of securing a fifth straight win in Las Vegas.
Odds & Prediction: John Dodson (+160) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (-190).
All four of the Georgian’s UFC victories have come via decision, forming a habit of nullifying his opponents’ stand-up attributes and taking the fight where he’s most comfortable.
Dodson’s takedown defence means he can’t be discounted, but it’s unlikely Dvalishvili will take part in the same kind of exchanges that led to his TKO defeat of Nathaniel Wood in his last outing.
Sambo star Dvalishvili has proved he has a great engine at bantamweight and well able to dominate for three rounds, which is the kind of display expected to get the better of Dodson.
Prediction: Dvalishvili via decision. See all UFC 252 betting picks.
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