UFC on ESPN +14: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
UFC on ESPN +14
Where/Venue: Antel Arena
Where/Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
The UFC heads to Uruguay this week for UFC on ESPN +14!
The event will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019, with the first fight bell time of 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
There are currently 13 fights scheduled, with all of the fights taking place on ESPN+.
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
(C) Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche
Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry
Humberto Bandenay vs. Luiz Garagorri
Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Oskar Piechota vs. Rodolfo Vieira
Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
Cyril Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa
Gilbert Burns vs. Aleksei Kunchenko
Marina Rodriguez vs. Tecia Torres
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian Paiva
Geraldo de Freitas vs. Chris Gutierrez
Alex da Silva vs. Rodrigo Vargas
Ariane Carnelossi vs. Taila Santos
Veronica Macedo vs. Polyana Viana
UFC on ESPN+14 Handicapping
The feature fight of UFC on ESPN+14 for us here at Spooky Express is the bout between Aleksei Kunchenko and Gilbert Burns in the UFC's Welterweight Division. This fight is scheduled to take place over 3 x 5-minute rounds and will be on the prelims portion of the event.
Originally, this fight was suppose to be Alexey Kunchenko vs Laureano Staropoli however Staropoli was injured and forced to withdraw from the fight. The UFC reached out to Burns to find his interest in the fight and he gladly excepted.
Kunchenko is undefeated at 20-0 but has only appeared in the UFC two times. Kunchenko is 2-0 in the UFC with unanimous decision wins over Yushin Okami and Thiago Alves. He now faces someone completely different in style in Gilbert Burns.
Kunchenko is predominantly a very hard handed striker. He has 20 wins on his record and 13 of them come by way of KO or TKO. Kunchenko has always fought a very high level or opponent, even in his time outside of the UFC.
Gilbert Burns will be taking this fight on short notice and will be moving up to the UFC's Welterweight Division for the first time since 2014. Burns is rather small for the welterweight division but on one hand he will not have the concern of cutting weight.
Burns is a well rounded fighter that has some of the best grappling in the UFC. Burns is able to take wild and crazy shots on the feet because he knows that no one will really try to take him down to the ground.
Burns is riding a 2-fight win streak over Mike Davis and Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Burns is a crafty fighter with a very strong cage IQ. He will without a doubt be the toughest opponent Kunchenko has faced in his 20 fight career.
Burns would not have accepted this fight had he not thought he could take this fight to the ground. On the ground, he will have a substantial advantage over Kunchenko. I look for Burns to ride Kunchenko out in the first round, to try and tire him out, and then go for the takedown and submission in the second round.
Burns is the underdog in this fight. His return number is sitting right around +125, which is a great value on a guy with his skill set. I look for Burns to get the win here over Kunchenko as the dog!