UFC 278: Wu Yanan vs. Lucie Pudilova Picks and Predictions

Lucie Pudilova vs. Wu Yanan

UFC: Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 PM ET

The Line: -- Lucie Pudilova -120 / Wu Yanan +100 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Wu Yanan and Lucie Pudilova face off on Saturday on the main card for a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 278 at Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City.

Wu Yanan comes into this fight with a 13-5 record overall but since coming into the UFC she has lost three of her four fights. In her last fight against Mayra Bueno Silva in April of 2022, Yanan was outstruck 82-67 and that led to the unanimous decision loss. The only win came back in November of 2018 against Lauren Miller and in that fight, she locked in an armbar and secured the victory. Yanan is averaging 4.42 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 5.05 significant strikes per minute. She is averaging 0.70 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 30 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 68 percent of his takedown attempts. 

On the other side of this matchup is Lucie Pudilova who sits with a 13-7 record overall and he has lost four fights in a row. Pudilova’s last fight came against Justine Kish in January of 2020 and she looked bad. She was outstruck 62-29 and that led to the unanimous decision loss. Pudilova is averaging 4.15 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.09 significant strikes per minute. She is averaging 0.16 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 12 percent of her takedown attempts. She also stops 61 percent of her opponent's takedown attempts. 

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There are a lot better fights on this card to bet on and probably to watch too. These are two fighters who have combined for only three wins and nine losses inside the UFC. Wu Yanan is the more powerful fighter, and in this type of fight, I expect that is going to come in hand. Look for Yanan to use the power to her advantage, and that is going to be the difference as Yanan secures the victory. 

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Shane’s Pick Wu Yanan ML+100

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