Kieran’s Top Tips: UFC Fight Night Denver
By Kieran Cobley
The UFC heads to Denver on Saturday night for it’s 25th Anniversary show, with Chan Seung Jung and Yair Rodriguez headlining with Mike Perry taking on Donald Cerrone in the co-main.
Here are my tips for this fight card.
This week, I’m just backing a double, just because a lot of these match ups are going to be close, so getting two results correct would an achievement.
My first selection is for Raquel Pennington to beat Germaine De Randamie outright.
This is a really tough one to call, “The Iron Lady” is a former UFC champion whilst Pennington is a highly experienced fighter, with both women possessing KO power and the ability to go the distance.
I think Pennington will just clinch it though, possibly via submission, all though I wouldn’t back her to win that way as De Randamie may well be able to fend off her ground game by keeping the fight standing.
Pennington is the 11/8 underdog currently but I expect that will drop closer to evens as the fight gets nearer.
My second selection is “Platinum” Mike Perry to beat Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via KO/TKO in the first round of their match up.
Cerrone’s chin has seems to have weakened with age, with “Cowboy” being TKO’d in two of his last five fights, these TKO losses coming from Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till.
This could be a problem for Cerrone as Perry has shown fantastic KO power, winning 11 of 12 fights via TKO, and his wrestling ability means Cerrone probably won’t be able to secure a submission on Perry, with “Platinum” having no submission losses on his record.
The one thing Cerrone does have going for him though is experience, but I feel this fight is one where experience alone can’t win.
Perry is the favourite going into the fight, with outright odds of ½, and is priced at 5/2 to beat Cerrone via KO/TKO in the first round.
So here are my selections:
Raquel Pennington outright 11/8
Mike Perry via KO/TKO in round 1 5/2
A £20 stake on this double at odds of 7.31/1 returns £166.25 (including stake).
So, who’s your money on this weekend? Let me know on Twitter @Cobleyreporting.
*All odds are from Sky Bet and are correct at time of writing