UFC 251 Betting Preview and Free Play: Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas

by Tyler Vaysman | July 6, 2020 |

Checking out the next UFC event is a great idea if you are looking for some great betting opportunities along with excellent fights. One such fight to look into is the women’s flyweight bout between Amanda Ribas and Paige VanZant on the main card. 

  • Date: Saturday, July 11, 9:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Watch on: PPV

The Fighters

Amanda Ribas (9-1-0)

Ribas has had one heck of a great start for her career. She is currently on a 4 fight win streak with all of those coming from her first fights in the UFC. Her resume shows that she has 3 wins each by knockout, submission, and decision. 

Ribas has a striking accuracy at 44 percent and a grappling accuracy of 50 percent. She lands 4.84 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 1.70. This is an excellent ratio here, as she greatly delivers on significant strikes and absorbs only a little. 

She has a takedown defense at 86 percent and a significant strike defense at 74 percent. She also averages 2.02 takedowns and 1.61 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Paige VanZant (8-4-0)

VanZant has been a part of this division for about 2 years now. She has had some success within the UFC as a whole by looking at her resume. Her record shows that she has 2 wins by knockout, 3 by submission, and 3 by decision. 

“12 Gauge” has a striking accuracy at 52 percent and a grappling accuracy at 33 percent. She lands 3.40 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.63. Her ratio here is very solid here, but not as good as Ribas’. 

She has a takedown defense at 35 percent and a significant strike defense at 43 percent. She also averages 1.31 takedowns and 0.98 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has fairly consistent views for this one, with only a few being outliers. Intertops has the odds currently at:

Ribas: -900

VanZant: +550

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

Looking at these two fighters, they have shown great success to their game. However, I believe one is a solid winner here. 

I like Ribas for this one due to her strong significant strike ratio and her defenses. I am not completely sold on VanZant on being able to defend well here judging by her current defending stats. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Ribas wins TKO

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