Michael Chiesa vs Diego Sanchez UFC Tips - 7/6/2019
Michael Chiesa vs Diego Sanchez
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Michael "Maverick" Chiesa (15-4-0) is slated to take on Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez (30-11-0) at UFC 239 in T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The opening line has Chiesa priced at -240 while Sanchez comes in at +190.
Michael "Maverick" Chiesa steps into the cage with 15 wins and 4 losses. The Spokane Valley, WA standout is 31 years old, weighs in at 170 lbs and is 6'1" inches tall. He has a 75.5" reach and fights in the welterweight division. Chiesa has a total of 13 fights in the UFC. Most recently, Chiesa won in the 2nd round against Carlos Condit by submission. In the welterweight division, he is 50th in strikes with 412 and is 197th out of all fighters in the UFC.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Michael Chiesa ranks 261st among UFC fighters and 52nd in the welterweight division landing 51.7% of the strikes he attempts. He also has a total of 21 takedowns which has him sitting at 73rd among UFC fighters and 20th in the welterweight division. Chiesa finishes 43.8% of his takedown tries which has him sitting at 192nd among UFC fighters and 38th in the division. He ranks 58th in the division and 257th among UFC fighters for significant strikes with 203. Of those significant strikes, 140 of them were directed at the head while 44 of them were directed at the midsection which has him sitting at 56th and 46th respectively in the division. At UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier, he was defeated via submission in the 2nd round when he fought Anthony Pettis. A few fights ago, Chiesa was defeated in the first round when he fought Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee by submission.
Putting it on the line for this fight, Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez has a total of 30 wins and 11 losses. The 37-year-old hailing from Albuquerque, NM measures 5'10" inches tall and weighs in at 170 lbs. This old school fighter competes in the welterweight division and has a 72.0" reach. He has compiled 29 fights in the UFC. Diego Sanchez won by unanimous decision when he faced Mickey Gall in his most recent fight at UFC 235: Woodley vs. Usman. In terms of strikes, Sanchez is 28th out of all fighters in the UFC and 9th among fighters in the division with 1,275.
In terms of strike accuracy, he is landing 42.9% of the shots he throws which has him sitting at 83rd in the welterweight division and 403rd among UFC fighters. In addition, Sanchez ranks 12th in the welterweight division and 40th among UFC fighters with a total of 31 takedowns. Ranking 77th among fighters in the division and 386th among UFC fighters, Sanchez finishes 20.3% of his takedown tries. With 945 significant strikes, he ranks 19th among UFC fighters and 5th among fighters in the division. Sanchez ranks 4th among fighters in the division for significant strikes directed at the midsection with 223 and 4th for significant strikes directed at the head with 674. At UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till, he won via decision when he faced Craig White. A few fights ago, Sanchez was defeated in the 1st round when he faced Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis by stoppage.
In this matchup between Michael Chiesa and Diego Sanchez, it's important to know how the two fighters match up. Michael Chiesa has the better strike accuracy, connecting on 51.7% of his strikes which means Diego Sanchez will want to look out for big punches. Concerning physical measurements, let's start by first looking at Michael Chiesa who is 6'1" while the fighter standing across the Octagon stands 5'10". Concerning reach, Chiesa extends 75.5" while Sanchez has a fingertip to fingertip measurement of 72.0" meaning Chiesa should prevent any space from being closed off so Diego Sanchez will have to fight out of his comfort zone. Chiesa is the younger fighter in this matchup at 31 years old while Sanchez is the older fighter in this matchup at 37 years old. When discussing experience in the Octagon, Chiesa has 13 fights which makes him the less seasoned fighter while Sanchez has fought 29 fights in his UFC career. Concerning overall experience in MMA, Chiesa has 15 wins and 4 losses while Diego Sanchez holds an overall professional fight record of 30 wins and 11 losses.
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