Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera - 8/15/20 UFC 252 Pick and Prediction

Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera  - 8/15/20 UFC 252 Pick and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marlon Vera vs. Sean O'Malley

Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:00 PM (UFC APEX)

The Line: -- Sean O’Malley -280 / Marlon Vera +220 Click Here for the Latest Odds

Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera face-off in a bantamweight showdown for the co-main event of UFC 252 at the UFX Apex in Las Vegas.O’Malley is currently ranked 14th in the division while Vera is unranked. 

Many believe that Sean “Sugar” O’Malley will be fighting for a bantamweight title soon, but he can’t overlook any of these fights. COming into this fight O’Malley has a perfect 12-0 record, and since coming into the UFC he has won all four of his fights. His first fight back in 2017 came by unanimous decision. Each of his last two fights has come by knockout, including his last fight against Eddie Wineland and that one only took one minute and 54 seconds. 

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O’Malley comes into this fight averaging 6.86 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.75 significant strikes per minute. O’Malley also averages 1.18 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 50 percent of his attempts. O’Malley also averages 1.2 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this matchup is Marlon “Chito” Vera who comes into this fight with a 15-6-1 record and he had won five fights in a row heading into his last fight. Vera fought against Song Yadong and even though he had two takedowns in that fight, he was outstruck and had issues controlling the fight which led to a unanimous decision loss. Vera’s last win came against Andre Ewell and in the third round of that fight he won with his elbows. 

Vera is averaging 3.70 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.11 significant strikes per minute. Vera usually likes to keep the fight on the feet averaging 0.88 successful takedowns every 15 minutes. Vera also averages 1.3 submission attempts every 15 minutes.

Vera is going to have problems with O’Malley and this one shouldn’t take all that long to finish. Look for O’Malley to come out swinging early and it’s going to be quite the show. Back O’Malley to win this game by finish. If you are comfortable laying the big price on the money line for O’Malley you can, but our play will be for him to finish by decision. 

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Shane’s Pick Sean O'Malley by finish

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