Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov Odds, Props & Pick for UFC 293

Tai Tuavasa vs Alexander Volkov
  • The latest UFC 293 odds are giving Alexander Volkov -250 the slight edge against Tai Tuivasa +205.
  • See why I am picking Tuivasa as the underdog to finish Volkov at UFC 293.
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UFC 293 marks the UFC’s annual return to Sydney, Australia, the PPV will go down on September 10. In the co-main, #6 ranked heavyweight Tai Tuivasa returns to action at UFC 283 to take on #8 ranked Alexander Volkov. Headlining the event will be Adesanya vs. Strickland. Let’s review the latest UFC betting odds and props for Tuivasa vs Volkov.

Tuivasa vs Volkov Odds

Tai Tuivasa+205
Alexander Volkov-250

Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa opens as a +205 underdog for his UFC heavyweight bout against Alexander Volkov. You can bet $100 on Tuivasa at these current UFC odds to net $205 profit. As with any heavyweight fight, this upcoming scrap could go either way. BetMGM Sportsbook is giving Volkov a 71.4% chance, with a $250 wager netting $100 profit.

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Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov Prediction

Tai Tuivasa enters UFC 293 on a two-fight losing skid. Suffering KO defeats Ciryl Gane and Sergei Pavlovich. Tuivasa is no stranger to being cornered and coming back, as he once ran into a 3 fight-losing streak and came back with six straight wins.

Volkov on the other hand is coming off the back of two consecutive wins. The Russian heavyweight remains a consistent top-ten fighter and challenges for most of the division due to his well-rounded skillset, height and reach.

When it comes to UFC fight stats – “Bam Bam” is a force to be reckoned with. His southpaw stance and thunderous striking style make him a standout. Carrying a striking accuracy of 49%, he lands significant strikes at a rate of 4.10 per minute.

Yet, his aggressive approach sometimes leaves him vulnerable, absorbing 4.46 strikes per minute. His grappling may not be his forte, with a takedown accuracy of 0%, but he compensates with raw power.

Alexander Volkov is the seasoned vet, who brings an arsenal of skills to the cage. His orthodox stance and imposing 6’7″ frame give him a reach advantage that could dictate the pace.

With a striking accuracy of 57% and 4.89 significant strikes landed per minute, Volkov has precision and volume on his side. Notably, his takedown accuracy is an impressive 70%, and his takedown defense is stout at 73%.

Tuivasa’s path to victory as always lies in his hands, quite literally. He needs to press forward, unleash his power punches, and exploit Volkov’s defense, which stands at 53%.

Tuivasa should aim to disrupt Volkov’s rhythm with his relentless aggression, while also being cautious not to leave himself exposed to counters. Given Volkov’s takedown defense, Tuivasa might want to keep this battle standing, where he can utilize his striking prowess.

Volkov could capitalize on his reach advantage to keep Tuivasa at bay. Utilizing his precise striking and movement, he can accumulate points while avoiding the brawl that Tuivasa thrives in.

Volkov should also explore his ground game, given Tuivasa’s negligible takedown defense. If the fight goes to the mat, Volkov could exploit this weakness and potentially secure a submission victory.

My prediction is if Tuivasa is patient enough his raw power and aggression are undeniable, and if he connects, it could spell an early night for Volkov.

However, Volkov’s experience, reach, and technical prowess might give him the edge. He can dictate the distance, accumulate points, and potentially exploit Tuivasa’s grappling vulnerabilities. As the odds suggest, Volkov carries the favor, but never count out the underdog, for Tuivasa’s “Bam Bam” mentality and power could rewrite the script. By handing Volkov his first KO defeat since fighting Derrick Lewis at UFC 229 in 2018.

Betting Pick: Tuivasa by KO.

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