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Lerone Murphy vs Josh Culibao 7/22/2023 Free Picks, Predictions and Odds

Lerone Murphy vs Josh Culibao 7/22/2023 Free Picks, Predictions and Odds

UFC London Fight Night 224

A Captivating Preview of the Masterful Lerone Murphy

Having competed in 12 professional MMA matches, Murphy has yet to lose and wants to improve. In March of the current year, he defeated Gabriel Santos in a split decision, his most recent victory. His boxing record lists 12 victories, including five decisions and seven knockouts. His 12 triumphs have included first-round finishes in half of those matches.

“The Miracle” has a 49 percent hitting accuracy and a 38 percent takedown accuracy. He deals 2.64 big blows per minute while landing 3.58. This favorable ratio is helpful in the battle—his 55 percent defense against powerful blows and his 43 percent takedown defense. Per 15 minutes of fighting, he also scores 0.83 takedowns and 0.55 submissions on average.

Murphy enters the ring with a 12-0-1 record. The 31-year-old weighs 145 pounds and is 5’9″ tall when they weigh him. The arm span of the traditional fighter is 73″. Josh “Kuya” Culibao weighs 145 lbs. and has a height of 5’10”. The orthodox boxer has a record of 11-1-1 going into the Octagon. The young man, 29, has a 73-inch reach. Josh Culibao scores 2.96 significant strikes per minute compared to Lerone Murphy’s 3.58 significant strikes per minute.

Lerone Murphy makes primary contact on 48% of his efforts, while Culibao makes contact on 43%. “The Miracle” takes 2.64 significant strikes per minute, whereas “Kuya” takes 3.13 when defending in the ring. Additionally, Culibao can defend against 59% of the significant strikes that Murphy’s opponents direct at him, while Murphy can block 55%.

Lerone Murphy is the better wrestler in terms of grappling, scoring a takedown 0.83 times every 15 minutes. On 37% of his attempts, Murphy puts his opponents on the ground, and on 43% of his opponents’ attempts, he successfully thwarts the takedown. On 15% of his attempted takedowns, Culibao succeeds in pinning his opponent to the ground, whereas on 82% of his opponents’ attempts, he successfully avoids the takedown. When going for the takedown, Murphy has more experience than Culibao. He attempts 0.6 takedowns for every three rounds.

Lerone Murphy vs Josh Culibao 7/22/2023 Free Picks, Predictions and Odds

The Ascendancy of Josh Culibao

As he approaches this event, Culibao is riding a three-fight winning streak. In February of this year, he defeated Melsik Baghdasaryan with a second-round rear naked choke.

He has 11 victories in his professional fighting career, including five knockouts, one submission, and five decisions. Three of his 11 victories occurred in the first round, and his lone defeat was a knockout.

“Kuya” has a striking accuracy of 43% but no takedown accuracy. He deals out 2.96 big blows per minute while receiving 3.13. This ratio’s tiny negative slope might impact the battle. His takedown defense is 82 percent, and his defense against significant strikes is 59 percent. He currently has no takedown or submission rates per 15 minutes of fighting.

Josh Culibao faced Melsik Baghdasaryan in his final Octagon fight, and in round two of their contest, he won by rear naked choke. Ultimately, Culibao connected on 93% of his major distance strikes, and Baghdasaryan connected on 92% of his significant distance blows. Culibao connected on 16 out of 45 essential strikes, or 35% of his attempts. He connected with three of the 24 significant hits aimed at the head. In that battle, Baghdasaryan scored 26 out of 44 essential hits. He ultimately connected on 6 of 19 head-directed strikes, which is a good result given the positioning of these crucial hits. Baghdasaryan landed 26 of the 44 total strikes he let go in that battle, and Culibao connected on 16 of the 45 total strikes he tried.

Lerone Murphy vs Josh Culibao. While Murphy is 4-0-1 in the UFC, Culibao has a record of 3-1-1. Culibao has encountered some defeats against more skilled attackers, but Murphy has been able to strike out of every bout. Murphy’s good, large strike ratio for this bout will be crucial, as Culibao is poor. Overall, this fight will be close, but Murphy will win.

Prediction: Take Lerone Murphy to Win at -158

Location: O2 Arena in Greater London, England

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2023

Main Card: 3:00 PM ET

Prelims: 12:00 PM ET

Watch on: ESPN and ESPN+

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