UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Stephens
|Date:||Sept. 21, 2019|
|Venue:||Mexico City Arena|
|City:||Mexico City, Mexico|
Alexa Grasso (-117)
Carla Esparza vs. Alexa Grasso
Alexa Grasso’s last performance against Karolina Kowalkiewicz is incredibly promising to say the least. I see Esparza getting few takedowns in the first round, but those takedowns become real difficult when you’re getting jabbed in the face over and over again. And on the gound, I expect Grasso staying busy from the bottom, and once the fight return to the feet, I see Grasso slugged it out and knock Esparza out before the end of the third rounds.
|Carla Esparza||vs.||Alexa Grasso|
|35.00%||Bet on Combat %||65.00%|
|Alexa Grasso - Straight Bet|
Carla Esparza defeats Alexa Grasso via Decision (majority) (28–28, 29–28, 29–28).
I have to rewatch that fight but it seemed like a horrible decision to me. While I feel Alexa won, I can easily see how people felt otherwise. You could make a strong case for a 10-8 third round for Grasso. Carla did’t do much on the ground. Alexa broke Esparza’s nose and arm. I thought she won the fight, the first and third rounds. She was on her back a good amount of time, but she was more active with strikes and submission attempts than Carla was on top. I just don’t think top control should win you a fight when the other fighter is active and landing and causing that amount of damage. Wrestling is a great tool for MMA fighters, but it should be seen as a means to an end, not something that outweighs actual fighting. I hate decisions like this, where you win the fight by simply lying on top of the other fighter even though you got beat. I credit Grasso for fighting back. Just a little too late, unfortunately. Esparza won despite being a +130 underdog while Grasso was a -155 favorite.
Sergio Pettis (-260)
Sergio Pettis vs. Tyson Nam
|Sergio Pettis||vs.||Tyson Nam|
|75.00%||Bet on Combat %||25.00%|
|Sergio Pettis - Straight Bet|
Sergio Pettis defeats Tyson Nam via Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Flyweight contender Sergio Pettis comfortably picked his shots nicely for three rounds, outpointing Tyson Nam to take a unanimous decision victory. Pettis proved his -260 favorite status true while Nam closed +240.