Sportsbooks Picking Abdul Razak Alhassan Over Jamie Pickett in July 9 Bout

Jamie Pickett Vs Razak Al Hassan UFC Background

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan favored to beat Jamie Pickett on July 9th.
  • Alhassan opened at -210 odds to win the bout with Pickett coming back at +180.
  • Both Alhassan and Pickett are coming off losses at the same UFC Vegas 48 event last February.

The top UFC betting sites are picking Adbul Razak Alhassan over Jamie Pickett in their July 9th fight.

Alhassan has opened as the -210 favorite to beat Pickett (+180) in a bout where these two powerful middleweight will be looking to get back into the winning column:

Joaquin Buckley Outworks Abdul Razak Alhassan

Alhassan got outworked by Joaquin Buckley who defeated him via a narrow split decision at UFC Vegas 48 last February 19th. The loss was Alhassan’s fourth in his last five bouts as he continue to struggle inside the Octagon since sitting out nearly two years while facing legal charges in court.

The 36-year-old from Accra in Ghana began his MMA career in 2013 and has fought for promotions like Xtreme Knockout, Rage in the Cage, Legacy FC, and Bellator. Armed with a 7-0 record, Alhassan joined the UFC in 2016 and won four out of his first five UFC bouts before he was indicted on September 24, 2018. Overall, he has a record of 11-5 with all of his wins coming via knockout.

Although he is a sizable betting favorite in his next fight, four out of his five losses have come with the minus money sign written next to his name. Alhassan was the -275 favorite when he suffered his first loss against Omari Akhmdov. He was also the -360 favorite when against Mounir Lazzez, a -160 versus Khaos Williams, and a -345 opposite Jakob Malkoun, all of which also ended in defeats.

Buzzer Beater Choke

Meanwhile, Jamie Pickett suffered a submission loss to Kyle Daukaus in the same UFC Vegas 48 event where Alhassan last lost. In that bout, Daukaus forced Pickett to tap out after locking a D’Arce choke with time winding down in the opening round of their bout. That loss ended a two-fight winning streak for Pickett who defeated Laureano Staropoli and Joseph Holmes via unanimous decision in consecutive bouts.

The 33-year-old from Jacksonville, North Carolina was a middleweight champion at the Next Level Fight Club promotions. Pickett also fought for Conflict MMA and Legacy FC before a failed bid at the first Contender Series. He got his breakthrough when he knocked out Jhonoven Pati in his third try at the Contender Series to earn his UFC contract. Pickett is 13-7 with 8 knockouts and one submission win.

Although he lost as a +220 underdog against Daukaus, Pickett’s two victories in the UFC came when he had the plus money sign written next to his name. He entered the fight at +160 when he picked up his first UFC win against Staropoli and was the +162 bottom dog when he fought Holmes last January 15th.

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