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UFC Fight Night 172: Yadong vs Vera 05/16/2020 UFC Spread, Predictions and Analysis

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UFC Fight Night 172 Yadong vs Vera 05-16-2020 UFC Spread, Predictions and Analysis

UFC Fight Night 172: Yadong vs Vera 05/16/2020 –ย The Ultimate Fighting Championship made waves as they are about to hold their third fight card in a week after the nationwide sports lockdown. UFC Fight Night 172 will be held on Saturday, May 16 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. This closed-door event can be seen live through Pay Per View and UFC Fight Pass.ย The main draw will be Alistair Overeem going up against Walt Harris for some heavyweight action in the octagon. In the main card as well will be Marlon Vera against Chinese fighter Song Yadong. This featherweight bout according to UFC Fight Odds favors Song Yadong over Marlon Vera.

UFC Fight Night 172: Yadong vs Vera 05/16/2020

When: Saturday, May 16, 9:00 PM ET
Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 172: Yadong vs Vera 05/16/2020 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Song Yadong -200 Marlon Vera +150

Main Card

Song Yadong

Song Yadong is a young 22-year-old Chinese MMA fighter that hails from Taijin. โ€œThe Kung Fu Monkeyโ€ currently trains at the famous Team Alpha Male. His current professional MMA record is now at 15-4-1 with 12 of those fights split between knockouts and decisions.ย Yadong holds a very promising MMA career as he made his presence felt in the UFC when he was just 19 years old in November 2017. He won his debut match against Bharat Khandare via Guillotine Choke in the first round.ย He won his next three fights with names like Felipe Arantes, Vince Morales and Alejandro Perez. His last match was in December 2019 against Cody Stamann and that match controversially ended in a draw.

Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera is at his prime age of 27-years-old as an MMA fighter and he came from Chone, Ecuador. โ€œChitoโ€ is now training at Team Oyama and he holds a 15-5 professional MMA record. He is known to put opponents on the matt as 8 of these 15 victories are from submissions. Vera started his UFC journey in November 2014 where he battled Marco Beltran in which he lost through a unanimous decision. Alternating a win and loss after his debut, he won three straight bouts from November 2016 to July 2017.ย He lost his next two matches but since then Vera went on to a five-fight winning streak from August 2018 to October 2019. His last match was in UFC Fight Night 161 when he won against Andre Ewell in a vicious TKO in the third round.

Yadong vs Vera Betting Numbers

Record 15-4-1 (1 NC) 15-5-1
Last Fight Draw Win
Country China Ecuador
Height 5′ 8″ 5′ 8″
Weight (lbs) 135 145
Reach (inches) 67 70
Win by KO/TKO 40% 33%
Win by Submission 20% 53%
Decisions 40% 13%
Strikes landed per minute 3.54 3.54
Striking accuracy 38% 47%
Striking absorbed per minute 2.74 3.82
Striking defense 62% 53%
Takedown average 0.97 0.76
Takedown accuracy 100% 38%
Takedown defense 66% 68%
Submission average 0.7 1.4

Yadong vs Vera Betting Picks

Yadong has been in the UFC for quite a while and he will bank on his experience in this fight. However, the Best Sportsbook project Yadong to win since the Chinese fighter is expected to go further as an unstoppable force in the UFC.