Using the latest UFC Fight Night odds, as well as industry-leading tools, we’re set to make our Daniel Zellhuber-Christos Giagos pick and prediction.
In the men’s lightweight division, Daniel Zellhuber fights Christos Giagos as a -290 favorite. Now 1-1 in the UFC, Zellhuber most recently defeated Lando Vannata via decision in April. Giagos, meanwhile, enters this fight off a victory over Ricky Glenn in April as well.
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Daniel Zellhuber-Christos Giagos Pick and Prediction
Daniel Zellhuber-Christos Giagos Odds
Daniel Zellhuber: Opened -275, Now -290 | Christos Giagos: Opened +210, Now +235
Zellhuber has a 13-1 professional record featuring seven knockouts and two submissions. His only loss came in his UFC debut against Trey Ogden via decision. Zellhuber has a striking background, and he lands 5.44 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.84. On the mat, he only averages 0.33 takedown per bout, but the defends them at 91% to this point. Zellhuber also has a three-inch height and six-inch reach advantage over Giagos in this bout.
Giagos has a 20-10 professional record, highlighted by eight knockouts and four submissions. Among his losses, he has been knocked out twice and submitted five times since debuting in 2014. Most of these losses came against the top of the division, including Gilbert Burns, Charles Oliveira, Drakkar Klose, Arman Tsarukyan and Thiago Moises. Inside the cage, he averages 2.86 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.85. Giagos does some of his best work on the ground, averaging 3.16 takedowns per minute while defending them at 52%. Despite the size disadvantage, Giagos has a major experience edge.
Ultimately, Zellhuber has not faced an opponent of Giagos’ quality to this point. His 91% takedown defense stands up to the bottom of the division, but Giagos presents a significant increase in competition. Giagos at +235 is another solid underdog play.