Song Yadong vs. Marlon Vera 5/16/20 UFC on ESPN 10 Pick and Prediction
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Marlon Vera vs. Song Yadong
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9:30 PM (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena)
The Line: Song Yadong -200 / Marlon Vera +170 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Song Yadong and Marlon Vera face off in a featherweight showdown at UFC on ESPN 10. The fight will take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena with no fans in attendance.Yadong is currently ranked 14th in the division, while Vera is the 15th ranked fighter in the featherweight showdown.
Song Yadong comes into this fight with a 15-4-1 record but he is trying to bounce back off a controversial loss. Yadong had won four fights in a row since entering the UFC before losing in his last fight to Cody Stamann. It was a pretty even fight, but he lost on a split decision. He would have won the fight, but an illegal knee docked him a point, and that was enough to lose.
Yadong is averaging 3.54 significant strikes per minute while absorbing only 2.74 significant strikes per minute.He is also averaging 0.97 takedowns per 15 minutes and 0.7 sub attempts per fight. Yadong is only 22 years old and is trying to make a big run up the standings. A win in this fight would go a long ways in continuing the run up.
Marlon Vera comes into this fight with a 15-5-1 record and has won five games in a row. Vera’s last fight came in October against Andre Ewell. Vera dominated the fight but it took until the 3rd round to get the knockout by elbows.
“Chito” is averaging 3.43 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.82 significant strikes per minute. He is also averaging 0.76 successful takedowns per 15 minutes, and he is also averaging 1.4 submission attempts per fight. Vera does a good job of staying in his pocket when throwing the punches, and his leg kicks are a problem.
These are both fighters who have had a lot of success, but just taking a look at the line it’s way off. Vera was impressive in his last fight, and there is no reason he can’t get the job done again in this one. As long as the fight stays on the feet, Vera is going to have success. Look for Vera to have good takedown defense, and that will be the difference. Back Vera to win this fight at price money.