UFC 292 Preview: Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Mario Bautista Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Aug 19)
- Mario Bautista’s original opponent Cody Garbrandt withdrew due to an injury.
- Da’Mon Blackshear is fighting again, just seven days after beating Jose Johnson.
Cody Garbrandt was originally meant to be Mario Bautista’s opponent at UFC 292, but he pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Da’Mon Blackshear stepped in as his replacement, meaning that he’s going to fight his second fight in the space of only 7 days. He defeated Jose Johnson last Saturday, but betting odds aren’t in his favor for the August 19 fight.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 10:00 p.m ET
- Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
- How to Watch: PPV
Da’Mon Blackshear is 14-5-1 in his professional career, with nine of his 14 wins happening by submission, including the one in his most recent fight. He defeated Jose Johnson by a twister, winning the Performance of the Night bonus and becoming only the third fighter in UFC history to win via this move.
He also has two wins by KO/TKO, as well as three wins by decision. Wrestling and grappling are his strongest weapons, while he’s also incredibly tough, the evidence being that he’s never been finished in his pro career.
Instead, all five of his losses happened by decision. When it comes to the only draw of his career, it happened on his UFC debut, when judges scored a majority draw in his fight with Youssef Zalal.
At UFC 292, he’s locking horns with a fighter who possesses a very similar set of skills. Same as him, Mario Bautista (12-2) too is a great wrestler who’s incredibly dangerous on the floor. The evidence of this is that each of Bautista’s previous three fights saw him win by submission.
Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Mario Bautista Prediction
Until only a couple of days ago, Mario Bautista was convinced he was going to fight hard-hitting Cody Garbrandt, but he’s now meant to face Da’Mon Blackshear who’s a submission expert.
Blackshear is probably super-confident in his grappling abilities after the impressive win last week, which is why we think he’s going to go for a finish. UFC 292 odds suggest he’s going to fail, but we think he’s going to stage an upset.