Using the latest UFC Fight Night odds, as well as industry-leading tools, we’re set to make our Jacob Malkoun-Cody Brundage pick and prediction.
Pivoting to the men’s middleweight division, Jacob Malkoun takes on Cody Brundage as a -550 favorite. Now 3-2 in the UFC, Malkoun most recently defeated Nick Maximov via decision in October of last year. Brundage has dropped three straight and lost a decision to Sedriques Dumas in June of this year.
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Jacob Malkoun-Cody Brundage Pick and Prediction
Best UFC Fight Night Picks: Jacob Malkoun vs. Cody Brundage Odds
Jacob Malkoun: Opened -450, Now -550 | Cody Brundage: Opened +340, Now +410
Malkoun has a 7-2 record with two knockout victories on the profile. He has only been knocked out once, which came against Phil Hawes in his UFC debut. Malkoun began his fighting career with boxing but has developed a dangerous skill set. He lands 3.70 significant strikes per minute while absorbing just 2.64. On the mat, he lands an absurd 7.46 takedowns on average. He has 0% takedown defense, but he has only faced two attempts. Brendan Allen successfully took him to the mat twice, but no one else has attempted this feat. Malkoun works as a jiu-jitsu instructor in his free time.
Brundage has an 8-5 record with four knockout wins and three submissions. He has been knocked out twice and submitted once, which all came under the UFC banner. Brundage typically looks to wrestle, evidenced by his 2.42 takedown average and 73% takedown defense. On the feet, he lands 1.79 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.18. He does have a pair of interesting victories, including Dalcha Lungiambula and Tresean Gore. However, neither has lived up to expectations in the UFC, and Brundage lost three straight following those wins.
Malkoun deserves to be a large betting favorite. With that said, the odds may have gone too far for a dangerous fighter in Brundage. Malkoun will still be the official pick, but rather than play the -550, knockout and submission props offer better returns.