UFC Fight Night 164: Jan Blachowicz vs Ronaldo Souza Odds & Picks


Jan Blachowicz
Jan Blachowicz
24-8-0
8:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 16, 2019
Ginasio do Ibirapuera Paraíso - SP Brésil
Ronaldo Souza
Ronaldo Souza
26-7-0, 1NC
TV: ESPN +, TSN
UFC Fight Night 164: Jan Blachowicz vs Ronaldo Souza Odds & Picks

The UFC returns to Brazil this weekend for the first time since May, heading to Sao Paulo for UFC Fight Night 164: Blachowicz vs. Jacare. As always with the UFC’s Brazilian cards, it’s a very mixed bag; the top of the card sounds decent and has some name value, albeit with a former champion far past his prime in the co-main event.

The preliminary fights also sound pretty strong, but really they’re not going to pique the interest of the casual fan. Not many of these Fight Nights do, though, so all we can hope for are some exciting fights.

Jan Błachowicz
Tale of the tape  Ronaldo Souza
36 Age 39
1.88 m Height 1.85 m
93 kg Weight 83.9 kg
198.1 cm Reach 182.9 cm

Jacare is certainly not faced with an easy task in his first fight in his new division. Poland’s Blachowicz was just one fight away from a shot at Jones at the start of 2019 following a four-fight winning streak, but was knocked out by Santos at the final hurdle. He’s since bounced back by knocking Rockhold out, though, and a win here would put him in good stead for at least a top contender’s match in early 2020.

A powerful striker, Blachowicz tends to use more of a boxing style in his fights. He has been known to make use of violent body kicks – he used one to stop Ilir Latifi back in 2014, for instance – but against the likes of Jimi Manuwa and Rockhold it was his hands that did the work.

Prediction

This move to 205lbs might pay off for Jacare at some point in the future; as he gets older the weight cut to 185lbs won’t get easier and he will come across potential opponents who he matches well with stylistically. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them in my opinion, particularly over five rounds.

I expect Blachowicz to jab him continually from the off with Jacare struggling to get inside the reach, and in the later rounds a heavy shot from the Pole will do its job and silence the Brazilian crowd.

Pick: Jan Blachowicz -225 or Wait for odds via KO

Blachowicz vs Jacare Odds

Hour Team Opening BOVADA.LV BetOnline Intertops
7:00p
Jan Blachowicz
Ronaldo Souza
draw
7:00p
Paul Craig
Mauricio Rua
draw
7:00p
Charles Oliveira
Jared Gordon
draw
7:00p
Antonio Arroyo
Andre Muniz
draw
7:00p
Markus Perez
Wellington Turman
draw

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