This Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, Rey Sefo and his World Series of Fighting heads to Foxwoods Resort Casino for another entertaining event that will be featured live on NBCSN. Anchored by two title fights and headlined by a welterweight clash between respected veterans, World Series of Fighting 24: Fitch vs. Okami should offer up a little something for everyone, and offer some strong opportunities to make some cash at the leading sportsbook for betting on MMA, too.

In the main event of the evening, long time middleweight, Yushin Okami, will make his welterweight debut against long time top welterweight contender Jon Fitch. Considering that Fitch and Okami are primarily grinders – looking to wear their opponents down over the course of a fight – this is a main event that doesn’t exactly jump off of the page. But with both fighters coming off of losses and nearing the end of their careers this one could surprise you.

Striking

Even though both of these fighters are known more for their grappling prowess, the winner of this fight will likely be decided on the feet. As far as technique goes, this fight is a wash; Fitch and Okami both have sound fundamentals, but neither should take up boxing any time soon. But when it comes to punching power, Okami should have a significant advantage over Fitch. In addition to that, Fitch doesn’t have the best head movement in the game, so he is going to taste Okami’s power throughout this fight.

Advantage: Okami

Grappling

This is where things get interesting. If and when the grappling in this bout begins, be ready for a war of attrition. Fitch and Okami are both great at imposing their wills on to their opponents. Fitch would have the edge in pure wrestling, but in the confines of MMA Okami should have the advantage. Between his size and his power, Okami should be able to get the best of Fitch in the majority of the grappling exchanges.

Slight Advantage: Okami

Submissions

When it comes to the submission game, neither fighter is overwhelmingly feared, but both do have the skills to get the job done on the ground. But even though Okami has never been submitted and Fitch has been – and very recently at that – Fitch has the more well-rounded submission game.

Advantage: Fitch

X Factors

Okami’s X Factor heading into Saturday has to be the weight cut. Dropping from middleweight down to welterweight requires a cut of an additional 15 pounds. Even though Okami wasn’t a gargantuan middleweight, cutting an extra 15 pounds is going to take a toll on his body and possibly his performance.

Fitch’s X Factor heading into Saturday has to be cage rust. Ten months isn’t that long of a layoff, but at 37 years old, time isn’t exactly on Fitch’s side. The layoff will either reinvigorate Fitch or it will cause him to come out flat.

Prediction

Fitch may not be loved by the fans because of his fighting style, but there is no question that he is one of the toughest fighters walking the planet. Fitch has competed in the UFC welterweight division at a time when it was stacked with fierce competition and he took then champion Georges St. Pierre the distance in his lone title fight. But at just 3-4 in his last seven bouts – finished in the first round three times – it is clear Fitch is not the fighter he once was. Okami isn’t exactly blowing the doors off of his competition either, but he should find a way to win on Saturday.

Okami via Unanimous Decision

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.