UFC Fight Night | Hermansson vs Vettori

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Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori’s paths will cross this weekend, and if the winner of his contest can do so impressively, the next fight they find themselves in will have them on the fringe of the title contention. conversations 

Jack Hermansson (+116) vs Marvin Vettori (-142)

Hermansson is a nightmare for any middleweight on the UFC roster right now. His active footwork compliments his style of striking very well, he doesn’t have the highest output in the world. But he is efficient with what he puts energy into, and effective when he lands. His very short, but straight punches work well for him when he is being pressured, but he tends to let his guard down at crucial moments. He has great positioning when along the fence, he puts a lot of pressure on his opponents and loves to drive his forehead straight into a face or neck, just to make the experience as uncomfortable as it can be.

Marin Vettori has quietly strung together a 3 fight win streak, and a victory over Hermansson would be the biggest win of his career. The grappling prowess of the Italian is undeniable with 9 of his 15 wins coming by submission. But Hermannsson is the superior striker technically. Vettori is dangerous offensively, but his aggressiveness is bound to get him into some trouble. It’s the grit of Vettori that allows him to not be as technically sound, but able to hang in there with dangerous fighters.

At the end of the day 

If the fight ends up on the mat and Vettori can take Hermannsson’s back during a scramble, the victory will be there for him. But it’s Hermnasson’s time right now, the first-round heel hook victory against Kelvin Gastelum gave him a major boost that he is still currently riding. A TKO victory for the fanduel underdog is the pick to make.

Pick: Hermansson   

Ovince St Preux(+138) vs Jamahal Hill(-142)

OSP kicked off his return to light-heavyweight with a second-round KO over Alonzo Menifield in September, the win not only got him back on the winning track but earned him performance of the night honors as well.  He now will be entering his 23rd this UFC when takes on newcomer Jamahal Hill. OSP’s durability is one of his most underrated qualities, his unorthodox striking can also be described as kind of awkward by conventional standards. But the danger and speed of what he lets fly makes even the elite level fighters worry. 

Jamahal Hill is a southpaw that likes to throw high kicks and power kicks to the body. He has good clean striking but tends to swing wildly at times leaving himself exposed. Without question, Hill will be facing the toughest test of his career his Saturday.

At the end of the day  

All indications are that Hill has a very bright future in this sport, his hunger alone will probably have him show OSP little respect in the striking realm. But with 12 KO’s and 8 submission wins to his name throughout his 12-year career, OSP will have the answer. Hill will make it interesting, but is too soon for him to take on a fighter of OSP’s caliber. The fanduel underdog pick is the way to go.

Pick: St Preux

Gian Villante (-210) vs Jake Collier (+168)

Gian Villante will try his luck at the heavyweight division after his debut ended in a third submission loss to Maurice Greene. Like Villante, Jake Collier is also a heavyweight who has come up from the lighter weight classes, so both fighters are on the smaller end of the heavyweight spectrum. But with both fighters having over half of their wins coming by KO/TKO victories, the similarities in fight style is bound to produce an entertaining affair. Collier’s last fight was his fightback after a 3 year lay off, whereas Villante has been far more active. 

At the end of the day  

Villante wasn’t looking bad in his heavyweight debut, if he comes out in this fighting looking like he did in last, but exercising a bit more patience and caution. It’ll be back to the winning track for Villante.

Pick: Villante

Jose Quinonez (+116) vs Louis Smolka(-142)

 Louis Smolka will be making his 18th UFC appearance when he takes on Jose Quinonez. The well-rounded Smolka has quietly amassed a 10-7 record in the big show, having never lost a fight by KO/TKO. Quinonez has been on the UFC roster for the past 6 years as well but has a record of 5-3 in the same period. Quinonez has found a lot of his success by going the distance, whereas Smolka is more of a finisher. 

 At the end of the day

Smolka has been a far more active fighter over the years, and while he has been on a 4 fight losing skid under the UFC banner, only 2 of his 10 wins have gone the distance. Quinonez is tough, but it’s a wonder Smolka isn’t a fanduel betting favorite by a wider margin. 

Pick: Louis Smolka

The middleweight rankings are extremely touch and go right now, with no clear cut challenger for the championship title, opportunity knocks for the winner of this Saturdays main event. 

Are you ready to make your fight picks? Head over to fanduel and enter the fight night contest for this weekend!

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