Jussier Formiga vs Joseph Benavidez UFC Picks Against the Spread - 6/29/2019
Jussier Formiga vs Joseph Benavidez
UFC on ESPN 3
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Jussier Formiga (23-5-0) is slated to take on Joseph Benavidez (27-5-0) at UFC on ESPN 3 in Target Center on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The opening line has Formiga priced at +131 while Benavidez comes in at -159.
When dissecting this matchup between Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez, it is good to know how the two fighters match up with one another. In the case of physical traits, the first fighter to take a look at is Jussier Formiga who is 5'5" and the opponent standing opposite the Octagon stands 5'4". In the case of reach, Formiga measures 67.0" while Benavidez has a fingertip to fingertip measurement of 65.0" meaning Formiga will want to prevent the closing of distance so Joseph Benavidez cannot fight on the inside. Formiga is the younger combatant in this fight at 34 years of age while Benavidez is the older of the two fighters at 35 years of age. In terms of Octagon experience, Formiga has 13 fights which means he is the less experienced fighter in this fight while Benavidez has a total of 18 fights in the UFC. When it comes to overall mixed martial arts experience, Formiga has 23 wins and 5 losses while Joseph Benavidez is the owner of an overall fight record of 27 wins and 5 losses.
Jussier Formiga comes into this fight with 23 wins and 5 losses. The Natal, Brazil standout is 34 years old, weighs 125 lbs and is 5'5" inches tall. He has a 67.0" reach and fights in the flyweight division. Formiga has a total of 13 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In the flyweight division, he is 8th in strikes with 438 and is 182nd out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. When it comes to strike accuracy, ranks 165th among UFC fighters and 9th in the flyweight division connecting on 56.7% of the strikes he attempts. He also has a total of 17 takedowns which has him sitting at 87th among UFC fighters and 8th in the flyweight division. Formiga completes 37.8% of his takedown attempts which has him sitting at 250th among UFC fighters and 12th in the division. He ranks 12th in the division and 272nd among UFC fighters for significant strikes with 183. Of those significant strikes, 129 of them were aimed at the head while 31 of them were directed at the midsection which has him sitting at 11th and 13th respectively in the division.
In his last fight, Formiga earned a victory in the 3rd round against Deiveson Figueiredo by unanimous decision. At UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor, he earned a victory via unanimous decision in the 3rd round when he faced Sergio Pettis. A few fights ago, Formiga earned a victory in the 3rd round when he faced Ben Nguyen at UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold by submission.
Stepping into the cage for this matchup, Joseph Benavidez has a total of 27 wins and 5 losses in the division. The 34 year old fighting out of Las Cruces, NM is 5'4" inches tall and weighs 125 lbs. The Team Alpha Male fighter competes in the flyweight division and has a 65.0" reach. He has a total of 18 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In terms of strikes, Benavidez is 60th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 4th in the division with 927. In terms of strike accuracy, he is connecting on 39.8% of the shots he throws which has him sitting at 17th in the flyweight division and 434th among UFC fighters. In addition, Benavidez ranks 7th in the flyweight division and 86th among UFC fighters with a total of 17 takedowns. Ranking 16th in the division and 350th among UFC fighters, Benavidez finishes 26.6% of his takedown attempts. With 757 significant strikes, he ranks 37th among UFC fighters and 3rd in the division. Benavidez ranks 2nd in the division for significant strikes directed at the body with 189 and 3rd for significant strikes directed at the head with 422.
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Most recently, Benavidez earned a victory in round 3 against Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision. At UFC - TUF 28 Finale, he earned a victory via stoppage in the 1st round when he fought Alex Perez. A few fights ago, Benavidez was defeated in round 3 when he fought Sergio Pettis at UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 by split decision.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Jussier Formiga (+131)
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