It’s a heavyweight bout between a veteran of the ring and a newer fighter about the same age when Gian Villante takes on Maurice Green at UFC on ESPN 12 this Saturday as part of the main card.
Villante is 17-11 as an MMA pro, but 7-8 in the UFC. He lands 4.49 strikes per minute, but absorbs 6.43. He’s never threatened for the title and is unranked, but he won’t want to get on the mat much here either. He also hasn’t stopped a fighter since Saparbek Safarov in December of 2016, though he has 10 KO’s and two submissions on his record. Across a very large sample of UFC fights, he also averages just 0.45 takedowns per 15 minutes.
Greene is one year younger at 33, but is just 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the UFC. His last two fights are a pair of losses; a TKO by Sergei Pavlovich, and an armbar loss to Alexey Oleynik. He does land 4.58 strikes per minute, but he’s yet to takedown an opponent in his four fights in the promotion. The Evanston, Illinois native has two knockouts and four submissions in his MMA career.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Gian Villante vs. Maurice Greene at UFC on ESPN 12 on June 27th:
Money line odds
Gian Villante: Opened +180, now +188
Maurice Green: Opened -230, now -240
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