Omari Akhmedov vs Chris Weidman
Omari Akhmedov (+115)
Chris Weidman (-145)
Omari Akhmedov (20-4-1)
Akhmedov is 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights and he’s taken on some solid opponents like Ian Heinisch, Marvin Vettori, and Abdul Razak Alhassan. He’s been in the UFC for 7 years and his last loss was over 4 years ago. He doesn’t have a finish in over 5 years, but he’s a well-rounded fighter with 7 KO/TKOs, 5 submissions, and 8 decisions on his resume. A win over Weidman would push Akhmedov firmly into the middleweight top-10.
Chris Weidman (14-5-0)
It’s hard to believe that at one point Chris Weidman was 13-0 with wins over Anderson Silva (2x), Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, and Demian Maia. He’s now lost 5 out of his last 6 fights, with his only win coming via submission over Kelvin Gastelum. He even attempted a move up to light heavyweight and went 0-2 there. With all that said, a win over Akhmedov would have Weidman just a couple wins away from title contention in the UFC middleweight division.
Prediction: Chris Weidman via Decision
Weidman is an abysmal 1-5 in his last 6, but Akhmedov will be a significant step down in competition. Weidman’s 5 losses have come against Dominick Reyes and Jacare Souza at 205 and Gegard Mousasi, Yoel Romero, and Luke Rockhold at 185. He also had an impressive submission over Gastelum among all that. Akhmedov is a tier below that level and he’s a former welterweight on top of that. Look for Weidman to be the bigger, stronger guy, and to implement a gameplan similar to what he did against Gastelum. Take “The All-American” to get it done.