Opening for the main card in the UFC 257 event is an excellent showcase of women’s Strawweight talent. For this battle, you can witness Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Ribas to add to your betting experience.
Date:Jan 23, 9:00 PM
Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2)
Rodriguez enters this matchup as the eighth best fighter in the women’s Strawweight division. Her last battle ended in a split decision loss to Carla Esparza back in July of 2020.
Her fighting resume shows that she has five wins by knockout, one by submission, and six by decision. She also has four out of her five knockout victories resulting in a first round finish.
She has a striking accuracy at 50 percent and a grappling accuracy at 33 percent. She lands 5.04 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.31. This is a very solid ratio showing her aggressive strike approach but also defending well.
Rodriguez has a takedown defense at 61 percent and a significant strike defense at 52 percent. She also averages 0.38 takedowns and 0.20 submissions every 15 minutes.
Amanda Ribas (10-1-0)
Ribas is right behind Rodriguez in the rankings, placing 10th best in the division. She currently finds herself on a five fight winning streak and undefeated in UFC competition.
Her fighting resume shows that she has three wins by knockout, four by submission, and three by decision. She also has five first round finishes with a combination of knockouts and submissions.
She has a striking accuracy at 45 percent and a grappling accuracy at 54 percent. She lands 4.71 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 1.67. This ratio shows a nice, positive separation between the two and allows her a lot of flexibility.
Ribas has a takedown defense at 85 percent and a significant strike defense at 73 percent. She also averages 2.28 takedowns and 1.90 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For This Event
The market is leaning towards Ribas as the moderate favorite. For the moneyline, Intertops has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Both fighters have a lot to like here. In fact, this matchup has strong characteristics that could turn it into a fight of the night type of showing.
Rodriguez has not shied away from the competition, as she is an aggressive striker that primarily stays on her feet. When it comes to defending against takedowns, this is arguably one of her weaker aspects of her fighting resume.
Ribas is very appealing here with her all around type of resume and the ability to defend well. Her significant strike ratio is impressive but her aggressive takedowns also make it more appealing.
Overall, Ribas has a very good chance to win this fight in multiple ways. This bout could be a striking war that later turns into a submission victory for Ribas, but do not count out the decision.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Ribas wins via decision, at -320
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