UFC Vegas 29: Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant Picks and Predictions

UFC Vegas 29: Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant Picks and Predictions Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera

UFC: Saturday, June 19th at 7:00 PM

The Line: -- Davey Grant +170 / Marlon Vera -210 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Marlon Vera and Davey Grant face off in a bantamweight bout for the main card of UFC Vegas 29 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Vera is currently ranked 15th in the division while Grant is unranked. 

Marlon “Chito” Vera comes into this fight with a 16-7-1 record overall, but he has lost two of his last three starts. In Vera’s last fight against Jose Aldo in December of 2020 and he lost that fight by unanimous decision. Vera actually outstruck Aldo 46-44 but was still defeated. Vera’s last win was two fights ago against Sean O’Malley, and that was finished by knockout late in the first round. Vera is averaging 3.65 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.95 significant strikes per minute. Vera is averaging 0.78 takedowns every 15 minutes, and he is successful on 37 percent of his attempts. Vera is also averaging 1.1 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this matchup is Davey Grant who comes into this game with a 13-4 record overall and he has won three fights in a row. Grant’s last win came against Jonathan Martinez in March of 2021, and he was able to win that fight by knockout. Grant is averaging 3.93 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.47 significant strikes per minute. Grant is averaging 2.30 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 45 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 66 percent of the opponent’s takedown attempts. Grant not often tries to lock in submissions but he is averaging 0.2 attempts every 15 minutes. 

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Vera is the better fighter and he is going to find success in this fight. Look for Vera to slow down Grant, and as the fight goes on Vera will slow him down. Back Vera to win this fight by decision.

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Shane’s Pick Marlon Vera by decision

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