FIghts are back at the APEX this weekend and one of the most interesting upcoming UFC fights is this middleweight bout between Rodolfo Vieira and Armen Petrosyan. These are two very talented middleweights just outside of the rankings and looking to make a run in 2024.
Vieira vs. Petrosyan Picks
- Pick: Vieira -120.
Read more for the official Vieira vs Petrosyan prediction before placing bets on this UFC Fight Night event.
Rodolfo Vieira vs Armen Petrosyan Information
Rodolfo Vieira vs Armen Petrosyan
Location of the fight: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Date and Time: February 10, 2024. 7 PM ET main card start
How to Watch: ESPN+
Last Fight Record
Vieira is coming off a big submission win in the second round against Cody Brundage last April.
Petrosyan is coming off a decision victory over Christian Leroy Duncan last June.
Vieira vs. Petrosyan Betting Analysis
Vieira is a Brazilian mixed martial artist with a professional MMA record of 9-2, including 1 TKO/KO win and 8 submissions. He is a high-level black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the great Julio César Pereira and made a name for himself after winning the 2015 ADCC World Championship at 99kg, 5 BJJ World Championships, 2 BJJ Pan-Am Championships, 2 BJJ European Championships, and coming away with gold medals at the AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro event a total of 7 times.
Now in the UFC, the 6’0” grappler has two post-fight performance bonuses already with his exciting style. In the octagon, Vieira averages 3.70 takedowns per 15 minutes and a 100% takedown defense. He also averages 1.4 submissions per 15 minutes, and 3.36 significant strikes landed per minute.
Petrosyan is a Russian-Armenian mixed martial artist with a 9-2 MMA record, including 6 wins by TKO/KO under his belt. Before signing with the UFC after his impressive performance at Dana White’s Contender Series, he was the light heavyweight champion at the AMC Fight Nights promotion in Russia.
Petrosyan is a Muay Thai-style fighter who averages 5.97 significant strikes landed and 3.03 absorbed per minute in the octagon. His 36% takedown defense will be tested this weekend against the grappling-heavy opponent across from him. Petrosyan is coming in as a 6’3” orthodox striker with a 71” reach.
The UFC and ESPN have reported no injuries.
Rodolfo Vieira vs Armen Petrosyan Betting Preview
Studying the betting lines and tape on both fighters is necessary to make a Vieira vs Petrosyan prediction. The betting lines can help point you in the right direction of what bet to make, but studying the tape of both fighters is most important.
Starting with the UFC fight odds; Vieira is coming in as the -120 betting favorite over the +100 Petrosyan. These odds are unlikely to shift to EVEN by Saturday afternoon.
You can get Vieira to win inside the distance at +135 and Petrosyan to do the same at +215. The over/under is set at 1.5 rounds as well at BetUS.
Stylistically, this is a classic matchup between grappler and striker. Vieira obviously feels most comfortable on the ground, even when he is on his back. He’s got some of the highest-level grappling skills in the UFC.
Petrosyan is a kick-heavy Muay Thai fighter who brought that style to MMA. He has struggled with takedown defense in his career but seems to be able to get back to his feet pretty well without much trouble.
Rodolfo Vieira vs Armen Petrosyan Betting Prediction
UFC picks are tough to make and this is an example of a matchup that proves that. These are two fighters who are much better than the other at what they do best. The sport of MMA causes both different styles to clash.
After carefully breaking down this matchup, the official Vieira vs Petrosyan prediction is that Vieira will get his hand raised. He is the smarter fighter and he is so dangerous on the ground.
Vieira’s striking can hold up against anybody by using his fight IQ and the threat of takedowns. He will probably be waiting for kicks from Petrosyan to catch and use that as an easy entry for a takedown.
- Pick: Vieira -120.