Michael Johnson vs Beneil Dariush
This is a match-up between a striker (Johnson) and a grappler (Dariush). Even though Dariush has very underrated striking, I think that Johnson will win if the fight stays on the feet the whole time. Johnson proved in his last fight that he can deal with very high level muay thai based striking, through his hand speed and footwork.
The key for Dariush is to get him down on the ground, where he has a huge advantage and can submit him if he gets him down with some time on the clock to work.
I believe that at least once in this fight Dariush will get him down and that his striking is at least good enough to not get completely massacred on the feet.
Dariush comes from on of the hottest teams in MMA right now, King's MMA, which includes two UFC champions, Fabricio Werdum and Rafael Dos Anjos, who speaks very highly of Dariush potential, and he also seems to be improving every fight. This is a step up for him compared to earlier competition, hence only medium stakes.
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|Beneil Dariush to win||Pinnacle||2.44||5||Dariush WON (+7.2 units)|