Ji Yeon Kim vs Alexa Grasso Picks and Predictions 8-29-2020 UFC Vegas 8 Odds
Ji Yeon Kim vs Alexa Grasso
UFC Vegas 8
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ji Yeon Kim will enter the Octagon with Alexa Grasso at UFC Vegas 8 on Saturday, August 29, 2020. The opening moneyline has Kim priced at +255 while Grasso is coming in at -310.
Ji "Firefist" Yeon Kim comes into this bout with a mark of 9-2-2. The 30-year-old records a weight of 125 lbs and measures 5'7". The orthodox fighter extends her reach 72". Alexa Grasso stands in at 5'5" and will fight at 115 lbs. The orthodox fighter has a career mark of 11-3-0. The 27-year-old extends her reach 66". Regarding significant strikes, Ji Yeon Kim connects on 4.49 per min and Alexa Grasso is landing 5.25 significant strikes per minute. Yeon Kim is connecting on 33% of the significant strikes she tries and Grasso is connecting on 41%. Concerning the fighter's defense, "Firefist" allows 4.74 significant strikes per min and Grasso allows 3.61. Yeon Kim also defends 59% of the significant strikes her opponents throw at her while Grasso is able to defend against 63% of the shots thrown in her direction.
Regarding takedowns, Ji Yeon Kim is the more apt wrestler as she takes her opponents to the mat 0.60 times per 15 min. Yeon Kim is getting her opponent to the mat on 5% of her tries and is defending 40% of all takedowns attempted by her opposition. Grasso is scoring a takedown on 33% of her takedown tries and stopping 63% of all takedowns attempted on her. In terms of submissions, Yeon Kim is the lesser skilled fighter by trying 0.3 submissions per 3 rds while Grasso goes for 0.6 submissions per 15 min.
In her previous bout, Ji Yeon Kim squared up with Nadia Kassem and ended up getting the win by way of a punch to the body in round 2. Kassem ended up landing 53 of 139 of the strikes she threw in total in this fight. Kim ended the night having landed 83 of 185 total strikes. Concerning significant strikes, Kassem landed 45 of 131, which means her percentage was 34%. She landed 9 of 67 significant strikes aimed at the head. On the other side, Kim landed 44% of her significant strikes by sticking 80 of 179. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, she landed 64 of 151 to the head. 88% of the significant strikes landed by Kassem and 92% of them connected on by Kim were thrown at distance.
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In the last Octagon appearance for Alexa Grasso, she squared up with Carla Esparza and ended up walking away in defeat by way of majority decision in round 3. Esparza connected on 63% of the significant strikes she attempted at distance while Grasso landed 75% of the significant strikes she tried at a distance. Grasso ended up landing 43% of her significant strikes attempted by connecting on 45 of 103. She ended up connecting on 41 of 97 significant strikes directed at the head. Esparza ended up connecting on 44 of 80 significant strikes in that contest. Out of all the significant strikes thrown, she ended up landing 27 of 60 directed at the head. In terms of total strikes that she threw in that fight, Esparza was 115 of 157 and Grasso was 103 of 169 of all the strikes she threw.
Other bouts on the card to keep an eye on
Another fight to keep an eye on is when Mallory Martin faces off against Hannah Cifers. Martin steps into the cage holding a mark of 6-3-0. The 26-year-old is weighing in at 115 lbs and measures 5'4". The orthodox fighter extends her reach 63". Cifers measures in at 5'1" and records a weight of 115 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a victory to her career total of 10-6-0. The 28-year-old extends her reach 62". In terms of takedowns, Mallory Martin is able to score a takedown 3.53 times per 15 min while Hannah Cifers takes her opponents to the mat 0.29 times per 15 min. When talking about striking, Martin tags his opponents 4.56 strikes/min and is landing 59% of the strikes that she throws. On the other side we have Hannah Cifers, who is landing 43% of the strikes she attempts and lands 4.68 per minute.
If you're into fun fights, you're going to want to see when Emily Whitmire is set to encounter Polyana Viana. Viana will be looking to add a win to her career total of 10-4-0. The 28-year-old tips the scales at 115 lbs and stands in at 5'5". The orthodox fighter extends her reach 67". Whitmire stands in at 5'5" and records a weight of 115 lbs. The orthodox fighter looks to add a win to her total of 4-3-0. The 29-year-old extends her reach 63". In terms of wrestling, Polyana Viana is preventing 50% of her opponents takedown tries and is getting her opponent to the mat on 37% of her tries. Whitmire is finishing her takedown tries on 66% of her tries and stops 66% of all takedown attempts. In the category of striking, Viana absorbs 3.26 strikes/min and she is dealing 3.89 per min. Whitmire, notwithstanding, takes 2.95 strikes per minute and is connecting on 2.84 per min.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Ji Yeon Kim (+255)
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