Vicente Luque vs Niko Price Predictions, Picks, UFC 249 Odds
Vicente Luque vs Niko Price
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Vicente Luque will take on Niko Price at UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The opening line has Luque at -275 while Price is at +235.
Vicente "The Silent Assassin" Luque steps into the Octagon holding a record of 17-7-1. The 28-year-old is fighting at 170 lbs and stands 5'11". The orthodox fighter stretches 75". Niko "The Hybrid" Price measures 6'0" and is weighing in at 170 lbs. The orthodox fighter comes into this bout holding a record of 14-3-0. The 30-year-old extends his reach 76". With respect to significant strikes, Vicente Luque lands 5.18 per minute and Niko Price lands 3.06 significant strikes per minute. Luque connects on 53% of the significant strikes he tries while Price is landing 34%. In terms of defending in the Octagon, "The Silent Assassin" allows 5.34 significant strikes per min and "The Hybrid" takes 4.46. Luque also stops 51% of the significant strikes his opponents attempt while Price prevents 51% of the shots thrown in his direction.
Regarding grappling, Vicente Luque is not as effective of a grappler as he takes his opponents to the mat 0.82 times per 15 min. Luque is scoring a takedown on 50% of the times he tries and is defending 64% of all takedowns attempted by his opposition. Price is finishing his takedown attempts on 23% of the takedowns he tries and defending 61% of all takedowns attempted on him. Regarding going for the sub, Luque is less apt at going for the finish by attempting 1.0 submission per 3 rounds while Price tries 1.3 submissions per 15 minutes.
In his last fight, Vicente Luque went up against Stephen Thompson and wound up losing the fight via unanimous decision in round 3. Thompson landed 138 of 242 total strikes attempted in that contest. Luque walked away from this fight having landed 77 of 175 total strikes. In the category of significant strikes, Thompson landed 138 of 242, which means his percentage was 57%. He landed 111 of 212 significant strikes aimed at the head. On the other side of the Octagon, Luque landed 44% of his significant strikes by sticking 77 of 175. Out of those significant strikes, he was 26 of 107 pointed at the head. 91% of the significant strikes landed by Thompson and 98% of them landed by Luque were thrown at distance.
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In the last fight for Niko Price, he battled James Vick and took home the win by a kick to the head from bottom guard in round 1. Vick connected on 55% of the significant strikes he took from distance while Price connected on 18% of the significant strikes he attempted from distance. Price ended up landing 50% of his significant strikes attempted by connecting on 11 of 22. He ended up connecting on 10 of 21 significant strikes to the head. Vick ended up connecting on 9 of 18 significant strikes in that contest. Looking at the significant strike accuracy, he landed 6 of 15 directed at the head. Regarding total strikes that he threw in that fight, Vick connected on 10 of 19 while Price ended up connecting on 15 of 28 of the strikes he threw in total.
Other bouts to watch
One more match to look forward to is when Bryce Mitchell enters the Octagon against Charles Rosa. Mitchell comes into this fight holding a mark of 12-1-0. The 25-year-old is weighing in at 145 lbs and measures in at 5'10". The southpaw fighter extends his reach 70". Rosa stands 5'9" and is weighing in at 145 lbs. The switch fighter has a career record of 12-3-0. The 33-year-old reaches 69". Regarding grappling, Bryce Mitchell is averaging a takedown 1.75 times per 15 min while Charles Rosa is able to score a takedown 2.82 times per 3 rounds. When it comes to striking, Mitchell is landing 1.78 strikes/min and lands 50% of his attempted strikes. On the other side of the cage you've got Charles Rosa, who is connecting on 36% of his attempted strikes and connects for an average of 3.79 per minute.
An additional fight that you're going to want to see is when Sam Alvey is set to encounter Ryan Spann. Spann will be looking to add a win to his career total of 17-5-0. The 28-year-old steps on the scale at 205 lbs and measures 6'5". The orthodox fighter extends his reach 79". Alvey comes in at 6'2" and tips the scales at 205 lbs. The southpaw fighter walks into the cage holding a record of 33-13-0. The 33-year-old reaches 75". In the category of takedowns, Ryan Spann is able to stop 60% of the takedowns fighters have attempted and is finishing his takedown attempts on 33% of his tries. Alvey is taking his opponents down on 16% of his attempts and prevents 82% of the takedowns his opponents try. Concerning striking, Spann takes 2.54 strikes per min and he deals 3.26 per minute. Alvey, in contrast, is absorbing 3.20 strikes per min and dishes out 3.05 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vicente Luque (-275)
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