Top legal sportsbooks for betting the UFC favor Song Yadong to defeat Marlon Vera when they clash on May 16, 2020 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
Song Yadong vs. Marlon Vera Betting Odds
Betting Song Yadong
The Kung Fu Monkey has been labeled as the fave for this match by the best online sportsbooks. Yadong currently has a 15-4-1 record. He has won 40% of his fights by knockout. Yadong is 7-0-1 in his last eight fights and 4-0-1 in the UFC. A draw against Cody Stamann in December ended his seven-fight winning streak. Nonetheless, Yadong has not lost since October, 2016 and is undefeated in Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is averaging 3.54 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 38%.
Yadong averages 0.97 takedowns with an accuracy of 100%. His background in Sanda and BJJ makes him comfortable standing up. Yadong has arguably the best boxing skills in the bantamweight division as well and legit knockout power. Though he seems more comfortable on his feet, he does have three career submissions. Yadong’s athleticism allows him to switch positions and grapple well. This will be Yadong’s third career fight in the United States.
And yes, both Yadong and Vera usually compete in the bantam division. However, both agreed to fight at featherweight out of concern that a pronounced weight loss could compromise their immune systems. “Nobody is forcing you to do anything. It’s my choice. I’ll train to recover as best as I can physically and I’ll make sure I handle every step in the buildup to the fight as cautiously as possible to keep myself safe from the virus. “To turn myself back into combat mode from an indefinite break very quickly was a big challenge,” said Song. “Vera is a strong opponent but I am confident of beating him. I am better than him in quickness and power.”
Betting Marlon Vera
Chito comes in as the underdog, per top legal sportsbooks. Vera holds a 15-5-1 record. He has won 53% of his fights by submission. Vera is on a five-fight winning streak including an October win over Andre Ewell. What resulted was a stone-cold knockout in the third that earned a performance of the night bonus. Vera averages 3.43 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 47%. He is averaging 0.76 takedowns with an accuracy of 38%. Vera has been tearing up the pea patch as of late. He has finished each of his last seven wins and has an opportunity to keep making an impact in the bantamweight division.
Vera is an athletic and awkward fighter and he’s a difficult attack standing up. Additionally, he puts some extra oomph into his strikes and kicks. Vera’s black belt in BJJ, means he has what they call canvas awareness. He has never been finished in his career even though he has five losses on his resume. This will be Vera’s second career fight in Florida. He’s quickly rising through the ranks, but not letting that go to his head.
“Every fight in the UFC is hard,” he said. “People don’t understand that. The number next to you doesn’t mean anything; at the end of the day, you get clipped on the chin, you’re going down. I got in the UFC because I want to fight because I want to scrap, because I want to put on a show. Now I want to do the same thing, but I’m hungrier than before because I want to do it against the big names. I want to do it against the people who will get me to a title shot.”
Both these fighters are red-hot right now. If users of top legal sportsbooks are looking for an edge, it might be this. Yadong is a few years younger than, yet about as experienced as Vera is. That just might be the factor that separates them in the end.