Sean O'Malley vs Marlon Vera UFC Predictions - 7/6/2019
Sean O'Malley vs Marlon Vera
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Sean "Sugar" O'Malley (10-0-0) will battle Marlon "Chito" Vera (13-5-1) at UFC 239 in T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The opening odds have O'Malley priced at -164 while Vera is at +136.
Sean "Sugar" O'Malley steps into the cage with 10 victories and 0 losses. The Glendale, AZ fighter is 24 years old, weighs 135 lbs and stands 5'11" inches tall. He has a 72.0" reach and fights in the bantamweight division. O'Malley has a total of 2 fights in the UFC. The last time he stepped into the Octagon, O'Malley won in round 3 against Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision. In the bantamweight division, he is 42nd in strikes with 215 and is 300th out of all fighters in the UFC.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Sean O'Malley ranks 154th in the UFC and 14th in the bantamweight division landing 57.2% of the shots he throws. He also has a total of 3 takedowns which ranks him 284th in the UFC and 38th in the bantamweight division. O'Malley completes 50.0% of his takedown attempts which ranks him 110th in the UFC and 17th in the division. He ranks 34th in the division and 254th in the UFC for significant strikes with 204. Of those significant strikes, 160 of them were aimed at the head while 35 of them were directed at the body which ranks him 29th and 34th respectively in the division. At The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, he won via unanimous decision in round 3 when he squared up with Terrion Ware. 2 fights ago, O'Malley won in the first round when he squared up with David Nuzzo at LFA 11: Frincu vs. Mendonca by KO/TKO.
Stepping into the cage for this matchup, Marlon "Chito" Vera has a total of 13 victories and 5 defeats. The 26-year-old hailing from Chone, Ecuador measures 5'8" inches tall and weighs in at 135 lbs. The Team Oyama fighter competes in the bantamweight division and has a 70.5" reach. He has compiled 10 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Marlon Vera won by unanimous decision when he fought Frankie Saenz in his most recent fight at UFC Fight Night - Nashville 2019. In terms of strikes, Vera is 190th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 22nd among fighters in the division with 427.
In terms of strike accuracy, he is landing 47.6% of the shots he throws which has him sitting at 40th in the bantamweight division and 325th in the UFC. In addition, Vera ranks 27th in the bantamweight division and 206th in the UFC with a total of 6 takedowns. Ranking 31st among fighters in the division and 251st in the UFC, Vera completes 37.5% of his takedown attempts. With 371 significant strikes, he ranks 137th in the UFC and 16th among fighters in the division. Vera ranks 11th among fighters in the division for significant strikes directed at the body with 94 and 20th for significant strikes aimed at the head with 193. At UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio, he won via submission in the second round when he fought Guido Cannetti. A few fights ago, Vera won in the second round when he fought Wuliji Buren at UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 by KO/TKO.
In this matchup between Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera, it's a good idea to understand how these two fighters measure up to each other. Sean O'Malley lands punches more consistently, having connected on 57.2% of his punches so Marlon Vera will want to be careful going toe-to-toe. When speaking about measurements, let's start by taking a look at Sean O'Malley who is 5'11" while the fighter standing across the Octagon stands 5'8". When speaking about reach, O'Malley stretches 72.0" while Vera measures out at 70.5" meaning O'Malley will want to create space so Marlon Vera cannot use his reach to his advantage. O'Malley is the more youthful fighter by checking in at 24 years of age while Vera is the older combatant in this fight at 26 years of age. When talking about experience in the Octagon, O'Malley has 2 fights giving him a disadvantage in experience in the Octagon while Vera has been involved in 10 fights in the Octagon. When it comes to overall experience in MMA, O'Malley has 10 victories and 0 defeats while Marlon Vera is the owner of an overall MMA record that boasts 13 victories and 5 defeats.
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