Polyana Viana is a solid favorite over JJ Aldrich at UFC 227 on Saturday in Los Angeles, California. This event is one of five on the main pay-per-view card. Viana is 10-1 in her career, while Aldrich is 6-2 in her career. There are a total of five fights on the main pay-per-view card at UFC 227, with the headliner a bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. There are also a total of eight fights on the preliminary card with four on FX and four UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Viana and Aldrich and UFC picks.
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Polyana Viana (10-1, 1-0 UFC)
Viana came into the UFC with a record of 9-1 and she has one win and no losses in the UFC. She defeated Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson by submission in February of 2018. Viana’s only loss in her career was against Aline Sattelmayer by unanimous decision in December of 2014. Viana has been a pro since 2013 and has four wins by TKO/KO and six by submission. She is on a six-fight winning streak and has nine first round finishes.
JJ Aldrich (6-2, 2-1 UFC)
Aldrich came into the UFC with a record of 4-1 and she has two wins and one loss in the UFC. She defeated Chan-Mi Jeon by unanimous decision and Danielle Taylor by unanimous decision; while losing to Juliana Lima by unanimous decision. Aldrich’s other loss in her career was against Jamie Moyle by technical submission in February of 2015. Aldrich has been a pro since 2014 and has two wins by TKO/KO. She has two first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Viana 3.13 / Aldrich 4.07
Accuracy: Viana 66% / Aldrich 38%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Viana 1.57/ Aldrich 4.13
Defense: Viana 45% / Aldrich 63%
Takedown average: Viana 3.91 / Aldrich 0.33
Accuracy: Viana 50% / Aldrich 20%
Takedowns defended: Viana 0% / Aldrich 42%
Submission average: Viana 11.7 / Aldrich 0.0
Viana has fought just once in the UFC, but she looked good in the win over Kahaunaele-Stevenson. She is excellent on the ground and she showed that skill in her UFC win. She was constantly going at Kahaunaele-Stevenson and eventually she got the win. Aldrich probably had the edge in terms of striking against Viana, but whether it will matter is the question. It is hard to see how Aldrich avoids a takedown by Viana and once on the mat, Viana should win. Aldrich simply has not shown enough takedown defense to keep this fight standing and in a battle on the mat it should be Viana getting the win. The price is definitely high on Viana, but she looks like the real deal and laying the big number is the only way to go in this fight. The rounds total going under could also be worth a look, as Viana has been winning almost all of her fights by finish.
UFC 227 takes place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, with a men’s bantamweight match between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt as the event headliner. There are five fights on the main pay-per-view card and a total of eight preliminary bouts, with four of those on FX and four on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View)
Bantamweight – T. J. Dillashaw -118 vs. Cody Garbrandt
Flyweight – Demetrious Johnson -515 vs. Henry Cejudo
Middleweight – Thiago Santos -375 vs. Kevin Holland
Women’s Strawweight – Polyana Viana -260 vs. JJ Aldrich
Featherweight – Renato Moicano -410 vs. Cub Swanson
Preliminary Card (FX)
Bantamweight – Pedro Munhoz -270 vs. Brett Johns
Bantamweight – Ricky Simon -125 vs. Montel Jackson
Women’s Bantamweight – Irene Aldana -320 vs. Bethe Correia
Featherweight – Matt Sayles -115 vs. Sheymon Moraes
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweight – Alex Perez -150 vs. Jose Torres
Bantamweight – Ricardo Ramos – 220 vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Women’s Strawweight – Zhang Weili -250 vs. Danielle Taylor
Bantamweight – Marlon Vera -465 vs. Wuliji Buren
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