Kyung Ho Kang vs Liu Pingyuan UFC Point Spread Picks - 12/21/2019
Kyung Ho Kang vs Liu Pingyuan
UFC Fight Night 165
Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Kyung Ho Kang will enter the Octagon against Liu Pingyuan at UFC Fight Night 165 in Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The opening line has Kang priced at -275 while Pingyuan is priced at +200.
Kyung "Mr. Perfect" Ho Kang will be looking to add a win to his total of 16-8-0. The 32-year-old will fight at 135 lbs and measures 5' 9". The orthodox fighter stretches 73". Liu Kang Pingyuan stands in at 5' 6" and is fighting at 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to his record of 13-6-0. The 26-year-old reaches 72". Concerning significant strikes, Kyung Ho Kang is landing 2.70 per min while Liu Pingyuan lands 2.60 significant strikes per minute. Ho Kang connects on 44% of the significant strikes he tries while Pingyuan is landing 31%. In terms of defending in the cage, "Mr. Perfect" allows 2.55 significant strikes per minute and Kang absorbs 3.55. Ho Kang also curbs 59% of the significant strikes his opponents throw at him and Pingyuan deflects 54% of the shots thrown in his direction.
In terms of grappling, Kyung Ho Kang is the more capable wrestler as he is averaging a takedown 2.46 times per 3 rds. Ho Kang is scoring a takedown on 64% of his attempts and stuffing 71% of the takedowns his opponents try. Pingyuan is taking his opponents to the mat on 20% of the takedowns he attempts and is stuffing 55% of all takedowns attempted by his opposition. In terms of subbing opponents, Ho Kang is less apt at going for the finish by attempting 1.2 finishes per 15 min while Pingyuan goes for 1.4 finishes per 3 rds.
In his last appearance in the Octagon, Kyung Ho Kang faced Brandon Davis and ended up winning this fight by split decision in round 3. Davis ended up landing 114 of 231 total strikes that he threw in that fight. Kang walked away from this fight having landed 120 of 180 total strikes. In the significant strikes category, Davis ended up landing 77 of 187, which gave him a rate of 41%. He ended up landing 32 of 126 significant strikes to the head. On the other side of the Octagon, Kang landed 49% of his significant strikes by connecting on 50 of 101. Looking at the significant strike accuracy, he landed 46 of 96 aimed at the head. 80% of the significant strikes landed by Davis and 84% of them landed by Kang were tallied at a distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Liu Pingyuan, he battled Jonathan Martinez and walked away with a loss via a knee to the head in round 3. Martinez landed 96% of the significant strikes he took from distance while Pingyuan ended up connecting on 88% of the significant strikes he attempted at distance. Pingyuan landed 18% of the significant strikes he attempted by connecting on 27 of 150. He landed 12 of 126 significant strikes to the head. Martinez landed 32 of 113 significant strikes in that contest. In terms of accuracy for the significant strikes, he connected on 22 of 97 directed at the head. In terms of total strikes that he let go in that contest, Martinez ended up connecting on 32 of 113 and Pingyuan was 27 of 150 total strikes.
Other bouts to keep an eye on
Another bout that you're not going to want to miss is when Ciryl Gane squares up with Tanner Boser. Gane holds a record of 5-0-0. The 29-year-old is fighting at 245 lbs and comes in at 6' 4". The orthodox fighter has a reach of 81". Boser measures 6' 2" and will fight at 255 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the Octagon with a record of 17-5-1. The 28-year-old reaches 75". Regarding grappling, Ciryl Gane gets his opposition to the mat 2.37 times per 3 rounds while Tanner Boser takes his opponents to the canvas 0.56 times per 3 rounds. In terms of striking, Gane connects for an average of 5.75 strikes/min and connects on 57% of his attempted strikes. The other guy in this fight is Tanner Boser, who lands 61% of the strikes he has attempted and is landing 6.20 per minute.
One more can't miss bout is when Suman Mokhtarian is set to square up in the Octagon against SeungWoo Choi. Choi will be looking to add a win to his career record of 7-3-0. The 27-year-old steps on the scale at 145 lbs and measures 6' 0". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 74". Mokhtarian measures in at 5' 10" and weighs 145 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a win to his career total of 8-1-0. The 27-year-old has a reach of 67". In the category of takedowns, SeungWoo Choi is able to deflect 65% of his opponents' takedown attempts and is getting his opponent to the mat on 50% of his attempts. Mokhtarian is taking his opponents to the mat on 10% of the tries he takes and is able to stop 20% of all takedown attempts. With reference to striking, Choi takes 3.08 strikes/min and he dishes out 1.73 strikes per minute. Mokhtarian, on the other hand, absorbs 10.30 strikes per minute and is landing 2.24 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Liu Pingyuan (+200)
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