DWCS 2021 Week 3 Breakdown and Predictions

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Xavier Foupa-Pokam and Albert Duraev Credit: Tim Leidecker

Middleweight: Albert Duraev vs. Caio Bittencourt

Tale of the Tape

Albert Duraev
30-years-old
6’0″
Volgograd, Russia
Berkut FC
13-3
Eight submission
Caio Bittencourt
30-years-old
6’0″
Macapa, Amapa, Brazil
Bulldog Team
14-6
100% finish-rate

Pros and Cons

Albert Duraev

Pros

  • Excellent wrestler
  • Good jab
  • Good one-two
  • Heavy ground and pound
  • Neck hunter
  • Submission threat
  • Heavy top position
  • Nice variety of output/mixes it up
  • Good leg kicks
  • Good footwork
  • Dangerous in bursts

Cons

  • Will throw wide
  • Wild at times
  • Slows in the later rounds

Caio Bittencourt

Pros

  • Knockout power/heavy hands
  • Heavy leg kicks
  • Heavy ground and pound
  • Explosive

Cons

  • Swings wide
  • Lacks head movement
  • Suspect cardio

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Duraev
Speed: Bittencout
Output/Volume: Duraev
Knockout Power: Bittencourt
Chin: Duraev
Kickboxing: Bittencourt
Footwork: Duraev
Wrestling: Duraev
Grappling: Duraev
Submissions: Duraev
Cardio: Duraev

Prediction

Although Bittencourt poses a knockout threat, this match-up was made for Duraev. Duraev has fought top-notch competition as the opponents he’s beat had a combined record of 167-53. Bittencourt’s is around 52-59. The only concern I have for Duraev is he hasn’t fought in nearly three years. With that said, Bittencourt hasn’t fought for even longer than that. I can see Duraev winning this fight anywhere, but to take the fight down and finish there is his best path to victory.

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