UFC ON ESPN 51: Viana vs Lucindo 08/12/2023 – Strawweight fighters Polyana Viana and Iasmin Lucindo lock horns in a three-round encounter on Saturday, August 12, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Viana and Lucindo are part of the main card that is slated to start at 7:00 PM ET. ESPN will feature the match on live television while UFC Fight Pass will cover the fight for Internet subscribers. Viana is coming off a one-round knockout win over Jinh Yu Frey while Lucindo decisioned Brogan Walker. Both fighters will look to extend their winning streak and move up the 115-pound rankings moving forward. MMA fight odds are already updated for fans who love to watch an action-packed bout and earn additional money at the same time.
UFC ON ESPN 51: Viana vs Lucindo 08/12/2023
|When:||Saturday, August 12, 2023 7:00 PM ET|
|Where:||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Stream:||UFC Fight Pass|
UFC ON ESPN 51: Viana vs Lucindo 08/12/2023 Odds
Viana (13-5, 4-4 UFC) has picked up the pace since losing three successive fights to J.J. Aldrich, Hannah Cifers and Veronica Hardy between August 4, 2018, and August 10, 2019. The Brazilian has scored three wins in four fights and all of her foes did not last the distance as they all end in the first round. Emily Whitmire and Mallory Martin were victims of her armbar submission while Jinh Yu Frey was knocked out in just 47 seconds. Viana will come into the fight with a two-inch height advantage which she can use in developing her striking games against Lucindo.
Stats wise, Viana has knocked out five of her rivals and submitted eight others. She was able to land an average of 3.5 significant strikes per minute. The Brazilian was able to connect 41% of her significant strikes and will need to be more accurate if she wants to improve her chances of winning against Lucindo. Her defense against strikes is above average at 54% as she has absorbed 2.86 strikes per minute. Submitting opponents is Viana’s bread and butter as she has averaged 2.41 submission attempts per 15 minutes. Her takedown accuracy rate is 33% and has averaged 0.8 takedowns per 15 minutes in her UFC career. Her takedown defense is 50%.
Lucindo (14-5, 1-1 UFC) has mightily bounced back from her UFC debut loss to Jauregui in August 2022 as she swept past Walker in April. It was the first victory in the octagon for the Fortaleza native as she looks to add Viana to her list of victims on August 12. Lucindo will come into the fight two inches shorter than Viana but she is capable of dictating the pace by using her speed and grappling skills. Lucindo has 10 finishes (eight knockouts and two submissions) in 14 wins. He lost once by knockout, two by submissions and two by decision.
In terms of grappling stats, Lucindo has averaged two successful takedowns per 15 minutes in two UFC appearances. She was able to connect 57% of her takedown attempts. However, she has yet to connect a submission attempt in her UFC career. Her defense against significant strikes was excellent at 68% and has absorbed 3.83 strikes per minute. She has landed 39% of her significant strike attempts and has connected on 3.97 strikes per minute.
Viana vs Lucindo Betting Numbers
|Win by KO/TKO||57%||38%|
|Win by Submission||14%||62%|
|Strikes landed per minute||N/A||3.99|
|Striking absorbed per minute||N/A||3.34|
Viana vs Lucindo Betting Picks
Both fighters are determined to strike a win that will help them move up the rankings of the strawweight division. Viana looks secure her fourth win in five fights while Lucindo looks to capture her second straight win. Both protagonists have the ability to finish off their opponents in a hurry but expect Viana and Lucindo to measure each other out in the initial salvo and will open up later in the fight. Lucindo is a slight favorite in sports picks and parlays that focus on the MMA scene but do not underestimate Viana’s power as she has finished her opponent in just 17 seconds. A decision may be the least likely ending to this bout as both fighters have the hands and feet to finish the showdown early.