Francis Ngannou vs Junior Dos Santos UFC Picks & Predictions - 6/29/2019
Francis Ngannou vs Junior Dos Santos
UFC on ESPN 3
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Francis "The Predator" Ngannou (13-3-0) is slated to take on Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos (21-5-0) at UFC on ESPN 3 in Target Center on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The opening line has Ngannou priced at -221 while Dos Santos comes in at +179.
In this fight with Francis Ngannou and Junior Dos Santos, it is important to know how these two fighters compare. When speaking about physical attributes, the first fighter to take a look at is Francis Ngannou who is 6'4" and the opponent standing opposite the Octagon stands 6'4" as well. When speaking about reach, Ngannou extends 83.0" while Dos Santos measures out at 77.0" meaning Ngannou is going to want to prevent the closing of space so Junior Dos Santos cannot get inside. Ngannou is the younger of the two fighters at 32 years old while Dos Santos is the older fighter checking in at 35 years old. When talking about experience in the Octagon, Ngannou has 10 fights which means he has less UFC experience while Dos Santos has been involved in 18 battles inside the UFC Octagon. When it comes to overall MMA experience, Ngannou has 13 victories and 3 losses while Junior Dos Santos is the owner of an overall mixed martial arts record of 21 victories and 5 losses.
Francis "The Predator" Ngannou comes into this fight with 13 wins and 3 losses. The Paris, France standout is 32 years old, weighs in at 258 lbs and stands 6'4" inches tall. He has a 83.0"1 reach and fights in the heavyweight division. Ngannou has a total of 10 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In the heavyweight division, he is 22nd in strikes with 172 and is 332nd out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. When it comes to strike accuracy, Francis Ngannou sits at 404th among UFC fighters and 33rd in the heavyweight division connecting on 42.8% of the strikes he attempts. He sits at 21st in the division and 318th among UFC fighters for significant strikes with 129. Of those significant strikes, 103 of them were directed at the head while 16 of them were directed at the midsection which ranks him 18th and 27th respectively in the division.
In his last fight, Ngannou won in round 1 against Cain Velasquez by KO/TKO. At UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2, he won via KO/TKO in round 1 when he fought Curtis Blaydes. Lastly, Ngannou lost in the third round when he fought Derrick Lewis at UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier by unanimous decision.
Walking into the Octagon for this matchup, Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos has a total of 21 wins and 5 losses in the division. The 35 year old out of Salvador, Brazil measures 6'4" inches tall and weighs in at 246 lbs. The American Top Team fighter competes in the heavyweight division and has a 77.0" reach. He has a total of 18 fights in the UFC. When talking about strikes, Dos Santos is 44th out of all fighters in the UFC and 3rd in the division with 1,062. When talking about strike accuracy, he is connecting on 49.8% of the shots he throws which ranks him 26th in the heavyweight division and 291st among UFC fighters. In addition, Dos Santos sits at 16th in the heavyweight division and 268th among UFC fighters with a total of 4 takedowns. Sitting at 15th in the division and 128th among UFC fighters, Dos Santos finishes 50.0% of his takedown tries. With 961 significant strikes, he sits at 17th among UFC fighters and 1st in the division. Dos Santos sits at 1st in the division for significant strikes directed at the midsection with 338 and 1st for significant strikes aimed at the head with 597.
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In his last time out, Dos Santos won in the second round against Derrick Lewis by KO/TKO. At UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Tuivasa, he won via KO/TKO in the second round when he squared up with Tai Tuivasa. A few fights ago, Dos Santos won in round 5 when he squared up with Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov by unanimous decision.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Junior Dos Santos (+179)
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