Raquel Pennington vs Irene Aldana Expert UFC Picks - 7/20/2019
Raquel Pennington vs Irene Aldana
UFC on ESPN 4
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Raquel "Rocky" Pennington (9-7-0) will battle Irene Aldana (10-4-0) at UFC on ESPN 4 in AT&T Center on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The opening odds have Pennington priced at +105 while Aldana is at -145.
Raquel "Rocky" Pennington comes into this fight with 9 wins and 7 losses. The Colorado Spring, CO fighter is 30 years old, weighs in at 135 lbs and is 5'7" inches tall. She has a 67.5" reach and fights in the women's bantamweight division. Pennington has a total of 10 fights in the UFC. The last time she stepped into the Octagon, Pennington lost in round 3 against Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision. In the women's bantamweight division, she is 1st in strikes with 713 and is 11th out of all fighters in the UFC.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Raquel Pennington sits at 31st in the UFC and 8th in the women's bantamweight division connecting on 55.2% of the strikes she attempts. She also has a total of 11 takedowns which has her sitting at 10th in the UFC and 1st in the women's bantamweight division. Pennington completes 28.2% of her takedown attempts which has her sitting at 45th in the UFC and 8th among fighters in the division. She sits at 1st in the division and 7th in the UFC for significant strikes with 487. Of those significant strikes, 308 of them were directed at the head while 112 of them were directed at the body which has her sitting at 1st and 2nd respectively in the division.
At UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington, she lost via KO/TKO in the 5th round when she faced Amanda Nunes. 2 fights ago, Pennington won in round 3 when she faced Miesha Tate at UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor by unanimous decision.
Stepping into the Octagon for this matchup, Irene Aldana has a total of 10 wins and 4 losses. The 31-year-old out of Guadalajara, Mexico measures 5'9" inches tall and weighs in at 135 lbs. The Lobo Gym MMA fighter competes in the women's bantamweight division and has a 68.5" reach. She has compiled 4 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Irene Aldana won by unanimous decision when she squared up with Bethe Correia in her most recent fight at UFC 237 - Barra da Tijuca 2019. In terms of strikes, Aldana is 22nd out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 5th in the division with 462.
In terms of strike accuracy, she is connecting on 47.8% of the shots she throws which has her sitting at 11th in the women's bantamweight division and 48th among UFC fighters. In addition, Aldana ranks 10th in the women's bantamweight division and 39th among UFC fighters with a total of 2 takedowns. Ranking 5th among fighters in her division and 24th among UFC fighters, Aldana finishes 50.0% of her takedown attempts. With 381 significant strikes, she ranks 16th among UFC fighters and 5th among fighters in her division. Aldana ranks 6th in the division for significant strikes directed at the body with 38 and 2nd for significant strikes directed at the head with 268. At UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till, she won via decision in the 3rd round when she squared up with Lucie Pudilova. 3 fights ago, Aldana won in the 3rd round when she squared up with Talita Bernardo at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi by unanimous decision.
In this fight between Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana, it is a good idea to know how these two fighters measure up to each other. Raquel Pennington is the more accurate striker of the two fighters, having connected on 55.2% of her strikes so Irene Aldana will want to watch out for big punches. In the case of physical qualities, we should start by looking at Raquel Pennington who is 5'7" and the opponent standing opposite the Octagon stands 5'9". In the case of reach, Pennington measures 67.5" while Aldana has a reach of 68.5" meaning Pennington should consider closing the distance so Irene Aldana cannot take advantage of fighting inside. Pennington is the younger fighter in this matchup at 30 years old while Aldana is the older fighter checking in at 31 years old. Concerning experience in the Octagon, Pennington has 10 fights which makes her the veteran relating to this fight while Aldana has compiled a total of 4 battles inside the UFC Octagon. When it comes to overall MMA experience, Pennington has 9 wins and 7 losses while Irene Aldana is the owner of an overall MMA record that boasts 10 wins and 4 losses.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Raquel Pennington (+105)
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