Jessica Andrade is favored against Yan Xiaonan at UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo on Saturday, May 6 in Newark, New Jersey. This event is one of five fights on the main pay-per-view card. Andrade is 24-10 in her career, while Xiaonan is 16-3 in her career. There are a total of 14 fights with five on Pay-Per-View, four on ESPN/ ESPN+, and five on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass at UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo. Let’s look at the bout between Andrade and Xiaonan and UFC predictions.
UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, May 6 with 14 fights with five on Pay-Per-View, four on ESPN/ ESPN+, and five on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo Betting
Jessica Andrade (24-10, 15-8 UFC)
Andrade came into the UFC with a record of 9-2 and she has 15 wins and eight losses in the UFC. In her last six fights, she has four wins and two losses. She defeated Katlyn Chookagian by TKO, Cynthia Calvillo by TKO, Amanda Lemos by standing arm-triangle choke submission, and Lauren Murphy by unanimous decision; while losing to Valentina Shevchenko by TKO and Erin Blanchfield by rear-naked choke submission. Andrade has been a pro since 2011 and she has nine wins by TKO/KO and eight by submission. She has 11 first round finishes.
Yan Xiaonan (16-3, 7-2 UFC)
Xiaonan came into the UFC with a record of 10-1 and she has seven wins and two losses in the UFC. She defeated Kailin Curran by unanimous decision, Viviane Pereira by unanimous decision, Syuri Kondo by unanimous decision, Angela Hill by unanimous decision, Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision, Cláudia Gadelha by unanimous decision, and Mackenzie Dern by majority decision; while losing to Carla Esparza by TKO and Marina Rodriguez by split decision. Xiaonan has been a pro since 2008 and she has seven wins by TKO/KO and nine by decision. She has six first round finishes.
Xiaonan said this to sportskeeda.com about her upcoming fight against Andrade, “If I beat Jessica, I hope to fight for the title. I believe I have the strength to challenge for the title. Right now, I want to win my fight next weekend. After that, I want to fight for the title.”
Xiaonan said this to mmamania.com about her upcoming fight against Andrade, “Jessica is definitely one of the greatest female athletes in the MMA world. She’s a former champion, former challenger, she’s fought in the strawweight division, flyweight division, and she fought at bantamweight before. She is a very, very good fighter, a tough opponent, but I do want to challenge her because if I can beat her it will prove I’m the better one.”
Strikes landed per minute: Andrade 6.84 / Xiaonan 5.45
Striking Accuracy: Andrade 51% / Xiaonan 44%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Andrade 5.34 / Xiaonan 3.53
Defense: Andrade 54% / Xiaonan 61%
Takedown average: Andrade 2.64 / Xiaonan 0.87
Takedown Accuracy: Andrade 54% / Xiaonan 66%
Takedowns defended: Andrade 73% / Xiaonan 70%
Submission average: Andrade 0.4/ Xiaonan 0.0
Does Andrade really deserve to be a 2-1 favorite in this fight? I am not so sure, as I was not impressed at all by her last fight against Blanchfield. I think Yan is being underestimated a bit in this fight. I think she has a similar skill set to Andrade and is more than capable of winning this fight. I don’t take that many underdogs in UFC betting, but I think Yan is worth a shot at plus money. The rounds are also intriguing in this fight. This is not a main event fight so it is only scheduled for three rounds. If this was a five-round fight, I would probably take the fight to go under with one of the two getting the finish but in this case, it is only three rounds and we can take over 2.5 rounds. I’ll also play the rounds to go over the total.
|DATE ||FIGHTERS ||MONEY LINE |
|5/6 ||Aljamain Sterling ||-110 |
|Henry Cejudo ||-120 |
|5/6 ||Kron Gracie ||+146 |
|Charles Jourdain ||-185 |
|5/6 ||Devin Clark ||+168 |
|Kennedy Nzechukwu ||-215 |
|5/6 ||Rolando Bedoya ||+231 |
|Khaos Williams ||-305 |
|5/6 ||Virna Jandiroba ||+105 |
|Marina Rodriguez ||-135 |
|5/6 ||Parker Porter ||-175 |
|Braxton Smith ||+139 |
|5/6 ||Phil Hawes ||+179 |
|Ikram Aliskerov ||-230 |
|5/6 ||Zhalgas Zhumagulov ||+150 |
|Rafael Estevam ||-190 |
|5/6 ||Joseph Holmes ||+146 |
|Claudio Ribeiro ||-185 |
|5/6 ||Johnny Munoz Jr ||+139 |
|Daniel Santos ||-175 |
|5/6 ||Yan Xiaonan ||+158 |
|Jessica Andrade ||-200 |
|5/6 ||Matt Frevola ||+179 |
|Drew Dober ||-230 |
|5/6 ||Belal Muhammad ||+107 |
|Gilbert Burns ||-137 |
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