Derek Brunson vs Ian Heinisch UFC Picks & Predictions - 8/17/2019
Derek Brunson vs Ian Heinisch
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Derek Brunson (19-7-0) will face off in the Octagon against Ian "The Hurricane" Heinisch (13-1-0) at UFC 241 in Honda Center on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The opening line has Brunson coming in at +190 while Heinisch is priced at -240.
Derek Brunson comes into this fight with 19 wins and 7 losses. The Wilmington, NC fighter is 35 years old, steps on the scale at 185 lbs and is 6'1" tall. He has a 77.0" reach and fights in the middleweight division. Brunson has a total of 15 fights in the UFC. The last time he walked into the Octagon, Brunson earned a victory in the third round against Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision. In the middleweight division, he is 17th in strikes with 515 and 153rd out of all fighters in the UFC.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Derek Brunson ranks 167th among fighters in the UFC and 25th in the middleweight division landing 56.8% of the strikes he attempts. He also has a total of 13 takedowns which has him sitting at 131st among fighters in the UFC and 16th in the middleweight division. Brunson completes 24.1% of his takedown tries which has him sitting at 379th among fighters in the UFC and 47th out of all the fighters in the division. He ranks 20th out of all the fighters in the division and 212th among fighters in the UFC for significant strikes with 259. Of those significant strikes, 197 of them were aimed at the head while 17 of them were aimed at the midsection which has him sitting at 19th and 39th respectively out of all the fighters in the division.
At UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis, he was defeated via stoppage in round 1 when he fought Israel Adesanya. Before that, Brunson was defeated in round 1 when he fought Ronaldo Souza at UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Brunson 2 by stoppage.
Walking into the Octagon for this fight, Ian "The Hurricane" Heinisch has a total of 13 wins and 1 loss. The 31-year-old hailing from Englewood, CO is 5'11" tall and steps on the scale at 185 lbs. The FactoryX Muay Thai fighter competes in the middleweight division and has a 72.0" reach. He has compiled a total of 1 fight in the UFC. Ian Heinisch won by unanimous decision when he squared up with Antonio Carlos Junior in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night - Rochester 2019. When it comes to strikes, Heinisch is 416th out of all fighters in the UFC and 47th of all fighters in his division with 90.
When it comes to strike accuracy, he is connecting on 67.7% of the shots he attempts which ranks 8th in the middleweight division and 30th among fighters in the UFC. In addition, Heinisch is ranked 45th in the middleweight division and 411th among fighters in the UFC with a total of 1 takedown. Ranking 48th of all fighters in his division and 417th among fighters in the UFC, Heinisch finishes 14.3% of his takedown attempts. With 55 significant strikes, he is ranked 417th among fighters in the UFC and 47th of all fighters in his division. Heinisch is ranked 50th of all fighters in his division for significant strikes pointed at the midsection with 10 and 45th for significant strikes pointed at the head with 38. At UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio, he won via unanimous decision in round 3 when he squared up with Cezar Ferreira. Before that, Heinisch won in the first round when he squared up with Justin Sumter at DWTNCS Season 2, Week 7 by stoppage.
In this matchup with Derek Brunson and Ian Heinisch, you will want to know how these two fighters measure up to each other. Ian Heinisch is the more accurate fighter in terms of striking, landing 67.7% of his punches meaning Derek Brunson is going to want to look to avoid going shot for shot. When it comes to physical attributes, we are going to be looking at Derek Brunson who is 6'1" while the fighter standing across the Octagon stands 5'11". When it comes to reach, Brunson measures 77.0" while Heinisch has a reach of 72.0" meaning Brunson will look to prevent the closing of space so Ian Heinisch won't be able to utilize this advantage. Brunson is the older combatant in this fight at 35 years old while Heinisch is the younger fighter in this matchup at 31 years old. When discussing Octagon experience, Brunson has 15 fights making him the veteran in this fight while Heinisch has fought 1 fight in his UFC career. With respect to overall mixed martial arts experience, Brunson has 19 victories and 7 losses while Ian Heinisch is the owner of an overall MMA record that boasts 13 victories and 1 loss.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Ian Heinisch (-240)
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