Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber UFC Picks & Predictions - 12/14/2019
Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Petr Yan will enter the Octagon against Urijah Faber at UFC 245 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The odds have Yan coming in at -500 while Faber is coming in at +350.
Petr "No Mercy" Yan walks into the cage holding a mark of 13-1-0. The 26-year-old steps on the scale at 135 lbs and measures in at 5' 7". The switch fighter extends his reach 67". Urijah "The California Kid" Faber measures 5' 6" and weighs 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter will be looking to add a victory to his career total of 35-10-0. The 40-year-old has an arm span of 67". Concerning significant strikes, Petr Yan is landing 5.76 per minute and Urijah Faber lands 2.68 significant strikes per minute. Yan connects on 45% of the significant strikes he attempts and Faber connects on 41%. When it comes to defending themselves, "No Mercy" absorbs 3.42 significant strikes per minute while "The California Kid" absorbs 2.52. Yan also curbs 66% of the significant strikes that are thrown his way while Faber is able to stop 64% of the shots thrown in his direction.
When it comes to wrestling, Petr Yan is the not as competent as a grappler as he is averaging a takedown 1.54 times per 15 minutes. Yan is getting his opponent to the mat on 46% of the times he tries and is stopping 85% of all takedown tries against him. Faber is taking his opponents down on 31% of the takedowns he tries and defending 60% of all takedowns attempted on him. Regarding submissions, Yan is the lesser skilled fighter by trying 0.3 finishes per 15 min while Faber goes for 0.9 finishes per 15 min.
The last time he fought, Petr Yan went up against Jimmie Rivera and wound up taking home the win by way of unanimous decision in round 3. Rivera ended up landing 76 of 195 total strikes that he threw in that fight. Yan walked away from this fight having landed 58 of 192 total strikes. When talking about significant strikes, Rivera landed 73 of 192, which gave him a rate of 38%. He landed 42 of 145 significant strikes aimed at the head. On the other side, Yan ended up landing 29% of his significant strikes by landing 56 of 189. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, he was 40 of 166 pointed at the head. 82% of the significant strikes connected on by Rivera and 75% of them connected on by Yan were tallied at a distance.
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In the last bout for Urijah Faber, he went up against Ricky Simon and ended up getting the victory by way of a punch to the head in round 1. Simon ended up landing 100% of his significant strikes at distance while Faber ended up landing 27% of the significant strikes he attempted from distance. Faber ended up landing 73% of his significant strikes attempted by connecting on 11 of 15. He connected on 9 of 13 significant strikes directed at the head. Simon landed 4 of 8 significant strikes in that contest. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, he ended up landing 2 of 5 directed at the head. Regarding total strikes thrown, Simon ended up landing 4 of 8 and Faber landed 11 of 15 of all the strikes he threw.
Other bouts on the card to watch
Another fight to keep an eye on is when Matt Brown will enter the Octagon with Ben Saunders. Brown walks into the cage holding a mark of 23-16-0. The 38-year-old will fight at 170 lbs and measures in at 6' 0". The orthodox fighter has an arm span of 75". Saunders comes in at 6' 2" and records a weight of 170 lbs. The orthodox fighter walks into the cage holding a mark of 22-12-2. The 36-year-old stretches 77". In the grappling category, Matt Brown takes his opponents down 1.57 times per 15 minutes while Ben Saunders takes his opponents to the canvas 0.21 times per 15 minutes. When it comes to striking, Brown connects on 3.78 strikes/min and landing 53% of the strikes that he attempts. The other guy in this fight is Ben Saunders, who is connecting on 50% of his attempted strikes and is connecting on 3.37 per min.
Another bout to watch is when Kai Kara-France is set to meet Brandon Moreno. Moreno will be looking to add a victory to his total of 15-5-1. The 25-year-old weighs in at 125 lbs and stands in at 5' 7". The orthodox fighter stretches 70". Kara-France comes in at 5' 4" and is fighting at 125 lbs. The orthodox fighter has a career mark of 20-7-0. The 26-year-old has a wingspan of 69". In terms of grappling, Brandon Moreno thwarts 62% of his opponents' takedown attempts and is taking his opponents down on 43% of his tries. Kara-France is taking his opponents down on 37% of the tries he takes and is able to thwart 88% of all takedown attempts. With reference to striking, Moreno is taking 2.83 strikes per minute while he dishes out 2.58 strikes/minute. Kara-France, notwithstanding, takes 3.18 strikes per min and lands 5.22 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Urijah Faber (+350)
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