UFC Fight Night 159 Rodriguez vs Stephens Odds, Preview & Picks

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 18, 2019 in

The next UFC Fight Night will be heading south of the border, as UFC Fight Night 159 will be taking place at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday. The card will be highlighted by a featherweight bout between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens. Let’s take a look at the MMA Odds for this one while making some predictions.

UFC Fight Night 159 Rodriguez vs Stephens Odds, Preview & Picks

Rodriguez

Rodriguez was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter in 2014, and has been a part of the UFC since then. “El Pantera” enters this bout with an 11-2 reord, and is currently ranked 7th in the UFC featherweight rankings. Rodriguez has only lost one fight in the last six years, a knockout loss to Frankie Edgar in 2017.

Rodriguez has a very versatile fighting background, as he is skilled in Muay Thai, Taekwondo, and he is a very skilled grappler. He is also a very skilled striker. He can be wild at times, and leaves himself open to counter strikes, but if he connects, he is very dangerous.He has also improved his ground game.

Three of his last four victories have come via knockout.

Stephens

Stephens enters the bout with a 28-16 record. In his last 16 fights, he has won eight and lost eight. The Li’l Heathen is known as a brawler, who can take a blow as well as dish them out. He is in need of a win, as he has lost seven of his last 12 fights.

He possesses huge knockout power, so he’ll be looking for Rodriguez to let his guard down.  In the other headlining fight of the evening, the hometown girl, Alexa Grasso will take on former UFC strawweight champion, Carla Esparza. Grasso, the #11 ranked strawweight contender, will look to move up the rankings if she can defeat Esparza.

Esparza enters the bout with a 14-6 record. She won her last fight over Virna Jandiroba in April. With that win, she stopped a two-fight losing streak. She has a vast background in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so if she can take the fight to the mat, she will have the advantage. If she can get the fight to the ground, she will be much more comfortable. Grasso enter the fight with the hometown advantage. She should have the crowd behind her. She will bring an 11-2 record to the octagon.

In winning six of her last eight fights, she knows that this fight is huge. When the UFC brought her in from Invicta FC, they were looking for big things from her. She has yet to live up to expectations, but this fight could help that. Grasso is a skilled striker, and wants to stay upright. If she gets to the ground she could be in trouble. If she can stay on her feet, she’ll use her boxing skills to land numerous shots to Esparza.

Great Crowd; Great Fights

Mexico City will be fired up for UFC 159. With the two headlining fights having fighters who love to stand up and throw punches, it should make for some very good action. We should see some great action!