UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira – 9 Interesting Things I Found During Research

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I am a Full-Time, Professional MMA Bettor and regardless if people subscribe to my betting services or not, I always look for ways to provide value to as many people intrigued by MMA as I can. In this content piece, I am providing free evidence that helped contribute to my overall research and analysis of this  incredible, UFC on ESPN 9 card. By no means was the information contained in
this content piece compelling enough to draw a strong conclusion on the respective matchup nor place a bet. However, I found this data interesting and I believe you will too. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Anthony Smith’s takedown defense is 51% per ufcstats.com
  2. Glover Teixeira has won every fight in the UFC where he’s had at least 1 grappling advance per ufcstats.com
  3. Of the 7 times he’s been taken down in the UFC, Karl Roberson has allowed 13 grappling advances and was submitted twice per ufcstats.com
  4. Gabriel Benitez’s striking defense is 71% and absorbs less than 3 significant strikes per minute per ufcstats.com
  5. Sarah Moras has allowed 26 grappling advances in the UFC (7 fights)
  6. Phillipe Lins has not fought since December 2018 (undisclosed injury)
  7. Brian Kelleher has 22 more professional MMA fights than Hunter Azure does
  8. Andrei Arlovski has not won by finish since May 2015 (UFC 187)
  9. The culprit to many of Michael Johnson’s losses is his defensive grappling
    • Johnson has been submitted 8 times out of the 15 times he’s lost professionally in MMA
    • Johnson has allowed at least 1 grappling advance each time he’s been taken down in the UFC thus far


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