Marlon Vera is favored against Davey Grant at UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige on Saturday, June 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of six fights on the main card on ESPN2/ESPN+. Vera is 16-7-1 in his career, while Grant is 13-4 in his career. There are a total of six fights on the main card on UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige, with the headliner a bout between Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige. There are also a total of eight fights on the preliminary card on ESPN2/ESPN+. Let’s look at the bout between Vera and Grant and UFC picks.
UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige Betting
Marlon Vera (16-7-1, 10-6 UFC)
Vera came into the UFC with a record of 6-1-1 and he has 10 wins and six losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has four wins and two losses. He defeated Frankie Saenz by TKO, Nohelin Hernandez by rear-naked choke submission, Andre Ewell by TKO, and Sean O'Malley by TKO; while losing to Song Yadong by unanimous decision and José Aldo by unanimous decision. Vera has been a pro since 2012 and he has six wins by TKO/KO and seven by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Davey Grant (13-4, 4-3 UFC)
Grant came into the UFC with a record of 9-1 and he has four wins and three losses in the UFC. He defeated Marlon Vera by unanimous decision, Grigorii Popov by split decision, Martin Day by KO, and Jonathan Martinez by KO; while losing to Chris Holdsworth by rear-naked choke submission, Damian Stasiak by armbar submission, and Manny Bermudez by technical submission. Grant has been a pro since 2008 and he has three wins by TKO/KO and eight by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Vera 3.65/ Grant 3.93
Striking Accuracy: Vera 49% / Grant 47%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Vera 3.95/ Grant 2.47
Defense: Vera 52% / Grant 63%
Takedown average: Vera 0.78/ Grant 2.30
Takedown Accuracy: Vera 37% / Grant 45%
Takedowns defended: Vera 70% / Grant 66%
Submission average: Vera 1.1/ Grant 0.2
These two fought in 2016 and it was Grant winning a unanimous decision. Vera will be looking to get some revenge and he is listed as about a 2-1 favorite in UFC odds. That price seems really high to me considering Grant won their first meeting. I will take a small flyer on Grant at the plus price, but I think the better bet is the rounds option. I don’t know how these two went the distance the first time around, as both are known as finishers. I’ll make the top play in this one that the fight doesn’t go to a decision.
UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige Card & Odds
Featherweight - Chan Sung Jung -115 vs. Dan Ige -115
Bantamweight - Davey Grant +165 vs. Marlon Vera -210
Lightweight - Rick Glenn +105 vs. Joaquim Silva -135
Heavyweight - Aleksei Oleinik +179 vs. Sergey Spivak -230
Women's Strawweight - Kanako Murata +105 vs. Virna Jandiroba -135
Heavyweight - Roque Martinez +100 vs. Josh Parisian -130
Middleweight - Wellington Turman +115 vs. Bruno Silva -145
Featherweight - Julian Erosa +110 vs. Seung Woo Choi -140
Women's Flyweight - Casey O'Neill +120 vs. Lara Procópio -150
Light Heavyweight - Nicolae Negumereanu +190 vs. Aleksa Camur -245
Welterweight - Matthew Semelsberger +135 vs. Khaos Williams -170
Welterweight - Danny Roberts +158 vs. Tim Means -200
Welterweight - Matt Brown +139 vs. Dhiego Lima -175
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