Doo Ho Choi and Thiago Tavares fight Friday night during The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Doo Ho Choi enters this fight with a 13-1 record and has won 77 percent of his fights by knockout. Choi has won his last 12 fights and is coming off a November win over Sam Sicilia. Choi is averaging 15.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 68.2 percent. Choi is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Choi hasn’t lost a fight since his 2010 matchup against Yusuke Kagiyama, and he’s probably coming off the biggest win of his career. Choi has really shined in his two UFC fights and has shown just how violent, accurate and powerful his striking attack can be. Choi has needed less than two minutes to win his last two fights and should have the rest of the sport on notice. This will be Choi’s second fight in the United States.
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Thiago Tavares enters this fight with a 24-6-1 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by submission. Tavares has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a November win over Clay Guida. Tavares is averaging 2.02 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.1 percent. Tavares is averaging 3.71 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 41.6 percent. Tavares has proven to be a balanced and consistent fighter in the UFC despite his spotty results. Tavares uses his strikes to set up his takedowns, as he’s most effective on the canvas and has won his last three fights by submission. Tavares needs to have this fight in his comfort zone in order to have any chance of winning. This will be Tavares’ fourth fight in Las Vegas.
This will be an interesting fight as it’s a clash between styles and whoever gets to fight in their comfort zone will leave with the victory. I just have a hard time picking against Choi, as he comes firing out of the gate and will make it very difficult for Tavares to set up his takedowns.
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