UFC on ESPN 28: Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan Picks and Predictions

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Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan face off on Saturday in a women’s bantamweight bout in a prelim card showdown at UFC on ESPN 28 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Nicco Montano comes into this fight with a 5-3 record overall and since coming into the UFC she sits with a 1-1 record overall. Montano is a former UFC champ, but she has dealt with some brutal weight cuts, and that is more what she is remembered for now. Montano’s last fight in the UFC came in 2019 against Julianna Pena, and she really struggled in that fight. Montano was outstruck 45-38 and that led to the unanimous decision loss. Montano is averaging 5.60 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.43 significant strikes per minute. Montano is averaging 2.25 takedowns every 15 minutes and she is successful on 54 percent of her takedown attempts. 

On the other side of this matchup is Wu Yanan who sits with an 11-4 record overall but since coming into the UFC she has a 1-3 record overall. Yanan’s last fight came against Joselyne Edwards and she didn’t look good in that fight. Yanan was outstruck 68-58 and that led to the defeat. Yanan is averaging 4.51 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.82 significant strikes per minute. Yanan is averaging 0.61 takedowns every 15 minutes, Yanan is stopping 66 percent of her opponents takedown attempts. 

There has been a layoff for Montano, but as long as she does okay with the weight cut, she is going to have no issues getting the job done. Montano might not get the knockout, but she is going to get the easy win.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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