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Jimmy Crute vs Michal Olekseijczuk Predictions & Betting Odds - UFC Fight Night 168

Jimmy “The Brute” Crute (10-1-0) takes on Michal “Lord” Olekseijczuk (14-3-0. 1NC) in a light heavyweight bout that’s the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 168 at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday...
Jimmy Crute vs Michal Olekseijczuk Predictions & Betting Odds - UFC Fight Night 168
Jimmy Crute vs Michal Olekseijczuk
February 22,2020
3PM (local time)

These two young fighters both come into this bout on the back of losses last time out, so will be desperate to avoid back-to-back defeats here.

For the Australian Crute, his first round loss to Misha Cirkunov by a Peruvian necktie submission in September last year was the first time he had been beaten in his professional career. We now have to see how the 23 year-old responds psychologically to having suffered that first defeat.

Crute doesn’t quite possess the punching power of Oleksiejczuk, although he is still a danger. He is likely to be more focused on his submission game, where he can use his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu complimented by his ground-and-pound.

Betting Odds - Winner

Poland’s Oleksiejczuk was beaten by a second round Von Flue Choke by the Haitian Ovince “OSP” Saint Preux last September. It was the 24 year-old’s first loss in 12 fights.

Oleksiejczuk can finish an opponent with a single punch and it’s that power that looks to be his best road to victory here. There are question marks as to his cardio, so he will probably be looking for the quick kill. The closer this fight goes to the full distance, the greater the chances of Crute winning.

Jimmy Crute vs Michal Olekseijczuk Betting Lines & UFC Picks

Michal Oleksiejczuk can be backed at odds of -137 (1.72) with bet365 on the Money Line, with Jimmy Crute available at +110 (2.10) with Sports Interaction.

We’ll go with the Polish puncher as our tip in UFC Fight Night 168 predictions for this fight though.

UFC Fight Night 168 Prediction: Money Line – Michal Oleksiejczuk to Win @ -137 (1.72) with bet365

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