On the preliminary card of UFC Fight Island 6, Junyong Park will meet John Phillips in a middleweight bout live this Saturday from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and also available on ESPN+.
Park will be the favorite, and is 29 compared to his 35-year-old opponent. 1-1 at the UFC level, Park has an 11-4 MMA record. Although he has just two fights on his UFC resume, Park has an ultra-aggressive fight style, averaging 6.41 significant strikes per minute amd connecting on 47 percent of his attempts. He absorbs quite a bit as well, taking 4.46 significant strikes per minute. He’s also had a five-takedown bout and averages 3.04 per 15 minutes. He’s a solid grappler and striker.
Phillips will have an edge in experience, having a 22-10 MMA record with a no contest. With a few brutal losses, Phillips is 1-4 in the UFC with his only victory being a 17-second knockout. He doesn’t have a takedown at the UFC level and isn’t a great striker, averaging just 2.25 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 5.31 strikes per minute.
It’d be a big upset if Phillips came away with a win in this one.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Junyong Park vs. John Phillips at UFC Fight Island 6 on October 17th.
Money line odds
Junyong Park: -278
John Phillips: +215
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