Alex Caceres vs Steven Peterson UFC Picks & Predictions - 7/20/2019
Alex Caceres vs Steven Peterson
UFC on ESPN 4
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres (14-12-0) will face off in the Octagon against Steven "Ocho" Peterson (16-8-0) at UFC on ESPN 4 in AT&T Center on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The opening line has Caceres coming in at -124 while Peterson is priced at -104.
Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres steps into the cage with 14 wins and 12 losses. The Miami, FL fighter is 31 years old, weighs in at 145 lbs and is 5'10" inches tall. He has a 73.5" reach and fights in the featherweight division. Caceres has a total of 20 fights in the UFC. In his most recent fight, Caceres lost in the 1st round against Kron Gracie by submission. In the featherweight division, he is 6th in strikes with 1,106 and is 41st out of all fighters in the UFC.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Alex Caceres sits at 236th among UFC fighters and 28th in the featherweight division landing 53.1% of the strikes he attempts. He also has a total of 9 takedowns which ranks him 157th among UFC fighters and 16th in the featherweight division. Caceres finishes 75.0% of his takedown attempts which ranks him 30th among UFC fighters and 6th in the division. He sits at 5th in the division and 20th among UFC fighters for significant strikes with 920. Of those significant strikes, 587 of them were directed at the head while 217 of them were directed at the midsection which ranks him 6th and 3rd respectively in the division.
At UFC - TUF 27 Finale, he won via split decision in the third round when he fought Martin Bravo. A few fights ago, Caceres lost in the third round when he fought Wang Guan at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum by split decision.
Walking into the Octagon for this matchup, Steven "Ocho" Peterson has a total of 16 wins and 8 losses. The 29-year-old hailing from Dallas, TX is 5'10" inches tall and weighs in at 145 lbs. The Fortis MMA fighter competes in the featherweight division and has a 70.0" reach. He has a total of 2 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Steven Peterson lost by unanimous decision when he squared up with Luis Pena in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night - Nashville 2019. Regarding strikes, Peterson is 315th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 40th in the division with 197.
Regarding strike accuracy, he is landing 38.2% of the strikes he attempts which has him sitting at 57th in the featherweight division and 454th among UFC fighters. In addition, Peterson sits at 37th in the featherweight division and 297th among UFC fighters with a total of 3 takedowns. Sitting at 49th in the division and 401st among UFC fighters, Peterson finishes 18.8% of his takedown tries. With 147 significant strikes, he sits at 305th among UFC fighters and 39th in the division. Peterson sits at 36th in the division for significant strikes directed at the midsection with 31 and 37th for significant strikes directed at the head with 99. At UFC - TUF 27 Finale, he earned a victory via split decision in the third round when he squared up with Matt Bessette. A few fights ago, Peterson lost in the third round when he squared up with Brandon Davis at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Medeiros by unanimous decision.
In this matchup between Alex Caceres and Steven Peterson, it's good to understand how these two fighters compare to one another. Alex Caceres has the better strike accuracy, connecting on 53.1% of his strikes which means Steven Peterson will want to keep his hands up. In relation to physical traits, let's start by taking a look at Alex Caceres who is 5'10" and the opponent standing opposite the Octagon stands 5'10". In relation to reach, Caceres extends 73.5" while Peterson measures out at 70.0" meaning Caceres should prevent any space from being closed off so Steven Peterson cannot utilize this advantage. Caceres is the older fighter checking in at 31 years old while Peterson is the younger combatant in this fight at 29 years old. When discussing UFC experience, Caceres has 20 fights which makes him the veteran in this matchup while Peterson has racked up 2 fights in the UFC. When it comes to overall mixed martial arts experience, Caceres has 14 victories and 12 losses while Steven Peterson holds an overall MMA record of 16 victories and 8 losses.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Steven Peterson (-104)
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