Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington UFC Point Spread Picks - 1/18/2020
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Holly Holm will face off against Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The opening line has Holm coming in at -140 while Pennington is priced at +120.
Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm comes into this bout with a mark of 12-5-0. The 38-year-old will fight at 135 lbs and stands 5' 8". The southpaw fighter stretches 69". Raquel "Rocky" Pennington stands 5' 7" and is fighting at 135 lbs. The orthodox fighter comes into this bout with a mark of 10-8-0. The 31-year-old stretches 67". In the category of significant strikes, Holly Holm connects on 2.82 per min while Raquel Pennington is landing 3.39 significant strikes per minute. Holm connects on 34% of the significant strikes she tries and Pennington connects on 45%. Concerning their defense in the Octagon, "The Preacher's Daughter" allows 2.83 significant strikes per min while "Rocky" takes 3.33. Holm also prevents 57% of the significant strikes her opponents attempt while Pennington stops 64% of the strikes thrown her way.
In terms of takedowns, Holly Holm is the not as competent as a wrestler as she takes her opponents to the mat 0.55 times per 15 min. Holm is getting her opponent to the mat on 31% of her tries and is defending 79% of the takedowns her opponents try. Pennington is scoring a takedown on 26% of her takedown tries and is defending 64% of the attempts against her. When it comes to going for the submission, Holm is not as skilled of a technician by going for 0.1 subs per 15 min while Pennington tries 0.9 subs per 15 minutes.
The last time she stepped into the Octagon, Holly Holm fought Amanda Nunes and walked away in defeat via a kick to the head in round 1. Nunes ended up landing 17 of 36 total strikes attempted in that contest. Holm finished this fight landing 14 of 17 total strikes. In terms of significant strikes, Nunes landed 17 of 35, giving her a percentage of 48%. She ended up landing 8 of 23 significant strikes to the head. Statistically, Holm landed 78% of the significant strikes she threw by landing 11 of 14. Of all the significant strikes, she connected on 3 of 4 to the head. 64% of the significant strikes landed by Nunes and all of them connected on by Holm were tallied at a distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Raquel Pennington, she went up against Irene Aldana and ended up getting the win via split decision in round 3. Aldana ended up connecting on 88% of the significant strikes she tried at a distance while Pennington ended up landing 87% of the significant strikes she took from distance. Pennington ended up connecting on 34% of the significant strikes she attempted by connecting on 47 of 137. She ended up landing 29 of 108 significant strikes directed at the head. Aldana landed 52 of 184 significant strikes in that fight. In regard to the placement of these significant strikes, she ended up connecting on 32 of 139 to the head. In regard to total strikes that she threw in that fight, Aldana was 75 of 208 while Pennington ended up connecting on 86 of 181 total strikes.
Other fights on the card to keep an eye on
Another fight that you're going to want to watch is when Claudia Gadelha goes up against Alexa Grasso. Gadelha walks into the Octagon holding a record of 17-4-0. The 31-year-old weighs in at 115 lbs and measures 5' 4". The orthodox fighter reaches 63". Grasso comes in at 5' 5" and is fighting at 115 lbs. The orthodox fighter holds a record of 11-3-0. The 26-year-old reaches 66". Regarding grappling, Claudia Gadelha takes her opponents to the mat 3.34 times per 15 min while Alexa Grasso is able to score a takedown 0.19 times per 3 rounds. When talking about striking, Gadelha connects on 3.17 strikes per min and is connecting on 42% of her attempted strikes. On the other side we have Alexa Grasso, who connects on 41% of the strikes she has attempted and is landing 5.25 per min.
An additional fight that you're going to want to see is when Maycee Barber is set to take on Roxanne Modafferi. Modafferi will be looking to add a win to her career total of 23-17-0. The 37-year-old weighs 125 lbs and measures in at 5' 7". The orthodox fighter extends her reach 69". Barber stands 5' 5" and will fight at 125 lbs. The switch fighter has a career mark of 8-0-0. The 21-year-old extends her reach 65". When it comes to takedowns, Roxanne Modafferi is able to defend against 41% of the takedowns her opponents try and is taking her opponents to the canvas on 20% of the times she tries. Barber is taking her opponents to the mat on 30% of the tries she takes and is able to prevent 100% of all takedown attempts. In the matter of striking, Modafferi is absorbing 5.31 strikes/minute while she is landing 3.30 strikes per min. Barber, notwithstanding, takes 4.02 strikes/minute and dishes out 8.32 per minute.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Holly Holm (-140)
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