UFC on ESPN 7 – Alistair Overeem vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

UFC on ESPN 7 – Alistair Overeem vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

On Saturday December 7th the UFC heads to the nation’s capital Washington DC where we have two of the best strikers in the Heavyweight division, Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik facing off in the main event. This card is absolutely stacked top to bottom with great talent and is one we are going to make a ton of money on!

Alistair Overeem (-130) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+110)

This is a very exciting main event between two of the heavyweight’s best strikers. Two predominant kickboxers with knockout power is a recipe for an absolute barn-burner and one that will absolutely not go the distance.

Stats To Know:
• A. Overeem out strikes his opponents by 21%
• J. Rozenstruik has the 2nd fastest KO in heavyweight history :09
• Rozenstruik is 3-0 in the UFC all 3 wins via KO with a combined fight time of only 6:32

Cynthia Calvillo (-105) vs. Marina Rodriguez (-115)

In our co-main event we have a very intriguing Women’s Straweight bout between Cynthia Calvillo and the surging prospect Marina Rodriguez. Rodriguez can take a big leap up in the rankings with a win over Calvillo while Calvillo can solidify herself as one of the best at 115 lbs with a dominant performance.

Stats To Know:
• Rodriguez is out striking her opponents by 11%
• Calvillo is averaging 1.57 takedowns landed and 4.36 takedowns attempted per 15 minutes
• Calvillo has recently changed camps from Team Alpha Male to Tiger Muay Thai

Stefan Struve (+120) vs Ben Rothwell (-140)

Stefan Struve is back after briefly retiring to take on another UFC vet in Ben Rothwell. Both fighters are on the tail end of their careers but are still dangerous fighters in the Heavyweight division. Rothwell is looking to get back into the win column off of two consecutive losses while Struve is coming off of a win against Marcos Rogerio de Lima.

Stats To Know:
• Out of Struve’s 29 wins 18 have been by submission
• Struve was out struck 25-0 in his most recent bout before getting the submission victory
• Rothwell has been outstruck by his opponents by 12%

Aspen Ladd (-150) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (+130)

In this matchup we have two women’s bantamweight title contenders in Aspen Ladd and Yana Kunitskaya. This is a classic grappler (Ladd) vs striker (Kunitskaya) matchup. Ladd will be looking to take this fight to the ground early and often after her devastating KO loss to title challenger Germaine De Randamie. While Kunitskaya will be looking to keep her winning streak going with her precision striking that has carried her through two consecutive victories.

Stats To Know:
• Ladd averages 2.29 takedowns per 15 minutes and is successful on 80% of her takedown attempts
• Kunitskaya has given up 2 takedowns on 2 attempts in her 4 UFC fights
• Kunitskaya has a 1:1 striking ratio while Ladd out strikes her opponents by 2%

Cody Stamann (+165) vs. Song Yadong (-195)

This is my sleeper fight for the fight of the night between these two rising prospects. Yadong has been on a tear going 4-0 (3 finishes) while Stamann has been doing quite alright for himself as well with a 4-1 record and his only blemish was against Aljamain Sterling. Expect a back and forth war between these two bantamweight fighters.

Stats To Know:
• Stamann outstrikes his opponents by 10% while Yandong outstikes his by 9%
• Stamann averages 3.28 takedowns landed and 6.43 takedowns attempted per 15 mins
• Yadong has never been taken down in 4 UFC fights but has only faced 3 combined takedowns in 2 of 4 fights

Ricky Simon (+115) vs. Rob Font (-135)

Another great bantamweight matchup between two top 15 ranked fighters. Simon is coming into this fight off of a loss for the first time in his UFC career while Rob Font is coming off an impressive win over Sergio Pettis. This is a very closely matched fight and will be guaranteed to be one of the better fights on this fight card.

Stats To Know:
• Simon averages 6.66 takedowns landed and 12.80 takedowns attempted per 15 minutes
• Font has a 30% takedown defense
• In 6 UFC victories by Rob Font, 4 of them have been by knockout

Thiago Alves (+220) vs. Tim Means (-260)

Two aging veterans of the UFC face off in the Welterweight division. Even though these two veterans have been in the UFC for a quite a while, they are always looking to put on a show for the fans. Both Alves and Means combine for 37 finishes between them.

Stats To Know:
• Means has a 3″ height and 5″ reach advantage
• Means is coming off of a knockout loss which resulted in him having leg surgery just 9 months ago
• Both fighters are coming off losses and are just 1-2 in their last 3

Chris Fishgold (-160) vs. Billy Quarantillo (+140)

This all the makings to be a great scrap in the Featherweight division between Chris Fishgold and Billy Quarantillo. Another classic grappler vs striker matchup here. The thing is both have slick jiu-jitsu if this fight were to hit the mat. This is more of a pick ’em than the odds-makers suggest.

Stats To Know:
• Fishgold averages 4.55 takedowns landed and 9.10 takedowns attempted per 15 minutes
• Fishgold gets out struck by his opponents by 12%

Bryce Mitchell (-110) vs. Matt Sayles (-110)

This yet another great matchup at Featherweight between two rising prospects. Matt Sayles the Dominick Cruz protege is looking to win his 2nd consecutive win in the UFC while Mitchell is looking to keep his undefeated streak (11-0) going. Both have clear advantages on the feet (Sayles) and on the mat (Mitchell) which makes this a very intriguing matchup.

Stats To Know:
• Out of Mitchell’s 11 wins 8 of them have been via submission
• Sayles has a 86% takedown defense where he has defended 12 of 14 takedowns in 2 fights
• Sayles lands 6.16 significant strikes per minute while throwing 15.02 significant strikes per minute

Matt Wiman (+265) vs. Joe Solecki (-325)

This has the look of a layup for the UFC debuter in Joe Solecki. But you can’t just count out the UFC vet Matt Wiman who’s absolutely tough as nails. Solecki made quick work of his Contender Series opponent to get his shot in the UFC while Wiman is coming off of a dominant loss to Luis Pena. It will be interesting to see if this large moneyline on Solecki is warranted come Saturday night.

Stats To Know:
• Solecki has 8 wins in his MMA career with 6 of them coming via submission
• Wiman has only fought once in the last 5 years
• Wiman defends only 61% of takedowns faced

Virna Jandiroba (-245) vs. Livinha Souza (+205)

Two former Invicta FC alumni face off in a Straweight battle. Jandiroba had a tough loss in her UFC debut coming in on short notice to fight one of the divisions best in Carla Esparza. This will be Souza’s 4th fight in the UFC where she is coming off of a loss against up and coming prospect Brianna Van Buren. Both of these fighters are quite evenly matched in all aspects of MMA making this line an interesting one.

Stats To Know:

• Jandiroba was the Invicta FC Straweight Champion
• Both Jandiroba and Souza average a combined 6.35 takedowns per 15 minutes
• In Souza’s lone loss in the UFC she was taken down 3 times

Trevor Smith (+275) vs. Makhmud Muradov (-335)

This could certainly be the coming out party for Makhmud Muradov if he’s able to win in dominant fashion. The opponent that stands in front of him if is one tough fighter in Trevor “Hot Sauce” Smith. Muradov in this one will have to sprawl and brawl as Smith will try everything in his power to take this fight to the mat. This being only Muradov’s second fight in the UFC we have yet to see his takedown defense truly tested. This is a great fight to start off the night in the nation’s capital.

Stats To Know:
• Muradov out struck De Cherico 54-36 in his short notice debut
• Smith has attempted 26 takedowns and landed 11 (42%) over his last 5 fights
• Muradov is the body guard of Floyd Mayweather and the first ever MMA fighter signed under the TMT banner

Best Bets for UFC Washington
• Matt Sayles -110 (1 unit)
• Aspen Ladd -150 (1 unit)

Dog Of The Night
• Thiago Alves +225 (.50 units)

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