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Anthony Smith vs Johnny Walker 5/13/2023 Odds, Free Picks and Predictions

Anthony Smith vs Johnny Walker 5/13/2023 Odds, Free Picks and Predictions

Anthony Smith will fight Johnny Walker at UFC Charlotte on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The opening Moneyline has Smith priced at -110 while Walker is coming in at -110. Anthony “Lionheart” Smith has a record of 36-17-0 and weighs in at 205 lbs and stands 6’4″. Johnny Walker comes in at 6’6″ and steps on the scale at 205 lbs. 

In the category of significant strikes, Anthony Smith lands 2.99 per minute and Johnny Walker lands 3.38 significant strikes per min. Smith connects on 47% of the significant strikes he throws while Walker connects on 60%. When it comes to defending in the Octagon, “Lionheart” takes 4.37 significant strikes per minute and Walker absorbs 2.60. Smith also stops 42% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him and Walker stops 42% of the shots thrown in his direction.

When it comes to grappling, Anthony Smith seems to be the better fighter, landing a takedown 0.44 times per 15 minutes. Smith is able to complete 27% of his takedown attempts and is able to stop 48% of his opponents’ takedowns. On the other hand, Johnny Walker is landing 85% of his attempted takedowns and is blocking 58% of his opponents’ attempts. In terms of submissions, Smith appears to be less skilled, trying for 0.7 submissions per 15 minutes, while Walker goes for 1.2 submissions per 15 minutes

Anthony Smith vs Johnny Walker 5/13/2023 Odds, Free Picks and Predictions

In his most recent bout, Anthony Smith went head-to-head with Magomed Ankalaev and was defeated by a second-round knockout from a punch to the head. Ankalaev landed a total of 64 strikes out of 102 thrown, while Smith was only able to connect on 21 of his 39 attempts. In terms of significant strikes, Ankalaev landed 46 of 79, giving him a percentage of 58%. Specifically, he connected on 31 of 60 significant strikes aimed at the head. Smith, meanwhile, landed 18 of 36 significant strikes, meaning that 50% of his attempts were successful. Of those significant strikes, only 6 out of 21 were aimed at the head. Finally, 50% of Ankalaev’s significant strikes and 94% of Smith’s were landed from a distance.

Smith’s durability is often cited as his strongest attribute, despite his 14 losses by stoppage. However, most of those defeats occurred earlier in his career, and in recent years, he has shown resilience by weathering some tough situations and bouncing back to win. In fact, opponents who have managed to stop “Lionheart” in the past decade have had to really put in the effort, as Smith has proven to be a tough nut to crack.

Johnny Walker’s last match was against Paul Craig, where he secured the win in the first round by using punches to the head. Craig was able to land all of his significant strikes aimed at a distance, while Walker only connected with 37% of his significant strikes from a distance. However, Walker made up for it by landing 80% of his significant strikes in total, hitting 16 out of 20. Out of the 16 significant strikes landed by Walker, 12 were aimed at the head of Craig. Craig, on the other hand, only landed 3 of his 8 significant strikes, with none of them landing on the head. Walker threw a total of 21 strikes, connecting with 17 of them, while Craig was only able to land 3 of his 8 strikes.

Event:  UFC Charlotte Anthony Smith vs Johnny Walker

Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 3 PM


UFC Odds: Anthony Smith (-110)

Prediction: Smith ML to win by TKO/Sub

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