Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov 6/22/24

Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov 6/22/24 UFC on ABC 6 Latest Odds, Picks, and Analysis

Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov 6/22/24 – As UFC makes its historic return to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for UFC on ABC 6, middleweights Robert Whittaker and Ikram Aliskerov will meet up in an eagerly anticipated clash at UFC on ABC 6. Whittaker enters as the slight favorite at -170 while Aliskerov takes part as the underdog at +145, promising an exciting fight but also providing potential free MMA parlay picks opportunities. Both fighters came into Kingdom Arena on June 22, 2024 boasting impressive records; Whittaker had 26-7-0 while Aliskerov’s was only 15-1-0 so far.


Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov 6/22/24 Game Info


When: Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 3:00 PM ET
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker Analysis


Robert Whittaker – commonly referred to in UFC circles as “The Reaper” – brings with him an arsenal of both tactical striking and resilience which has been finely tuned throughout a distinguished MMA career. His striking style is carefully calculated, designed to disrupt his opponents’ strategies while conserving stamina for later rounds. With an outstanding strike landing rate of 4.57 per minute and defense percentage of 59%, he displays both his ability to deal out punishment as well as defend against attacks from outside. Whittaker stands out with an 82% success rate at blocking takedown attempts, showing his prowess against grapplers. Additionally, his experience and versatile attack/defense style make him a formidable adversary who can adapt quickly to changing dynamics during fights.


Whittaker has also proven his mental toughness during previous fights by successfully turning around potentially losing situations and finding success despite initial setbacks. His victory against Costa, known for being aggressive as an attacker, attests to his ability to strategically counter fighters who rely heavily on overpowering early. Such resilience will prove crucial against Aliskerov who tends to begin strong. Whittaker has demonstrated in his past fights a consistent fighting style characterized by not solely physical strength but also an acute understanding of opponents’ weaknesses, making his style ideal to overcome Ikram Aliskerov’s explosive power and rapid assault tactics.


Ikram Aliskerov Analysis


Ikram Aliskerov approaches every fight with an unconventional style characterized by aggressive striking and an adept grasp, traits which have propelled him rapidly through middleweight ranks. His striking statistics are impressive, boasting an outstanding strike accuracy of 65.24% and 8.24 strikes landed per minute – showing an instinct for outclassing his adversaries early in a fight. Aliskerov displayed impressive offensive numbers; however, his defensive metrics raise concerns; most specifically his high strike absorption rate of 7.15 per minute which leaves himself vulnerable to counterattacks and his grappling that averaged 2.33 takedowns every 15 minutes was undermined by its poor takedown defense; making this fighter vulnerable against Whittaker who is adept and versatile fighter.


Aliskerov has shown in previous encounters, most notably his win against Alves, that he can finish fights quickly by capitalizing on his high submission rate of 2.3 submissions per 15 minutes. This strategy underscores Aliskerov’s reliance on early finishers through decisive ground games which leverage his strength and technical grappling techniques. To defeat Whittaker who is known for endurance and tactical acumen Aliskerov will need greater strategic depth if he hopes to withstand his sophisticated striking and defensive moves which he may employ against him if Whittaker employs these advanced strategies.


Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov Stats


Whittaker Aliskerov 
Wins/Losses/Draws 26-7-0 15-1-0
Average Fight Time 14:07 2:09
Height 6′ 0″ 6′ 0″
Weight 185 lbs. 185 lbs.
Reach 73″ 76″
Stance Orthodox Southpaw
Strikes Landed per Min. 4.57 8.24
Striking Accuracy 42% 65%
Strikes Absorbed per Min. 3.45 7.15
Defense 59% 36%
Takedowns Average/15 min. 0.81 2.33
Takedown Accuracy 38% 33%
Takedown Defense 82% 0%
Submission Average/15 min. 0.0 2.3


Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov Betting Picks


Analyzing both fighters’ strengths and weaknesses, it appears Whittaker holds an advantage here due to his experience and more-rounded skill set. Whittaker should use his experience and more-rounded skill set to his advantage against Aliskerov who tends to launch all-out assaults from the opening bell; his impressive striking rate could prove difficult but lack of defensive capabilities may allow Whittaker an opening against Aliskerov’s attacks.


Whittaker seems the better bet when looking at both statistics and odds; his past performances against formidable foes show him rising to meet them head on, such as Aliskerov who may find Whittaker’s defense and counter striking too much to overcome for prolonged bouts.


Free Pick: Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker -170

As fight night approaches, all indications point towards an even contest where experience may outshout youthful exuberance. Robert Whittaker has the depth, proven track record, and proven ability to handle aggressive offensive styles similar to Aliskerov that make him the go-to guy in high pressure scenarios like Aliskerov’s offense; for bettors seeking value pick him over younger fighters as their go-to guy for this middleweight showdown. For many handicappers’ top insights these fighters tend to outperform rookie opponents in these close bouts!


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