Roxanne Modafferi vs Jennifer Maia UFC Point Spread Picks - 7/20/2019
Roxanne Modafferi vs Jennifer Maia
UFC on ESPN 4
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi (23-16-0) is slated to take on Jennifer Maia (16-5-1) at UFC on ESPN 4 in AT&T Center on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The opening line has Modafferi priced at -104 while Maia comes in at -124.
Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi steps into the cage with 23 wins and 16 losses. The Fort Worth, TX standout is 36 years old, weighs 125 lbs and stands 5'7" inches tall. She has a 69.0" reach and fights in the women's flyweight division. Modafferi has a total of 4 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Most recently, Modafferi won in round 3 against Antonina Shevchenko by split decision. In the women's flyweight division, she is 12th in strikes with 376 and is 29th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Roxanne Modafferi ranks 71st in the UFC and 27th in the women's flyweight division connecting on 37.7% of the shots she throws. She also has a total of 4 takedowns which has her sitting at 34th in the UFC and 11th in the women's flyweight division. Modafferi finishes 19.0% of her takedown attempts which has her sitting at 55th in the UFC and 23rd among fighters in the division. She ranks 12th in the division and 27th in the UFC for significant strikes with 253. Of those significant strikes, 211 of them were directed at the head while 25 of them were directed at the body which has her sitting at 7th and 17th respectively in the division.
At UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis, she lost via unanimous decision in round 3 when she squared up with Sijara Eubanks. In the fight before that, Modafferi won in the 2nd round when she squared up with Barb Honchak at UFC - TUF 27 Finale by stoppage.
Stepping into the Octagon for this fight, Jennifer Maia has a total of 16 wins and 5 losses. The 30-year-old fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil is 5'4" inches tall and weighs 125 lbs. The Chute Boxe fighter competes in the women's flyweight division and has a 64.0" reach. She has a total of 1 fight in the UFC. Jennifer Maia won by unanimous decision when she faced Alexis Davis in her most recent fight at UFC Fight Night - Nashville 2019. In terms of strikes, Maia is 70th out of all fighters in the UFC and 29th in the division with 55.
In terms of strike accuracy, she is connecting on 46.6% of the shots she throws which has her sitting at 20th in the women's flyweight division and 50th among UFC fighters. With 42 significant strikes, she sits at 69th among UFC fighters and 29th among fighters in her division. Maia sits at 24th in the division for significant strikes directed at the body with 14 and 29th for significant strikes directed at the head with 19. At UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov, she was defeated via unanimous decision in round 3 when she faced Liz Carmouche. A few fights ago, Maia won in the fifth round when she faced Agnieszka Niedzwiedz at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz by unanimous decision.
In this matchup between Roxanne Modafferi and Jennifer Maia, it is a good idea to know how these two fighters measure up to each other. Jennifer Maia has the better strike accuracy, connecting on 46.6% of her strikes meaning Roxanne Modafferi will want to watch out for big shots. Regarding measurements, we should start by looking at Roxanne Modafferi who is 5'7" while the fighter on the other side of the cage is 5'4". Regarding reach, Modafferi stretches 69.0" while Maia has a reach of 64.0" meaning Modafferi should consider creating more space so Jennifer Maia cannot take advantage of the reach. Modafferi is the older fighter in this matchup at 36 years of age while Maia is the more youthful fighter by checking in at 30 years of age. When talking about Octagon experience, Modafferi has 4 fights which makes her the veteran in this matchup while Maia has fought 1 fight in the UFC. With respect to overall experience in MMA, Modafferi has 23 wins and 16 losses while Jennifer Maia is the owner of an overall MMA record that boasts 16 wins and 5 losses.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Jennifer Maia (-124)
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