The only main event women’s bout at UFC 253 will be at bantamweight between #7 Ketlen Vieira and #13 Sijara Eubanks this Saturday live at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Vieira will be entering this fight coming off her only UFC defeat. The 29-year-old lost to #6 Irene Adlana via first-round knockout. 4-1 in her UFC career, Vieira does not have a knockout win to her name. While her 10-1 MMA record has two of them, she’s only thrown more strikes than her opponent at the UFC level once. Three her four victories have gone the distance, with two being split decisions.
Averaging 2.03 takedowns per 15 minutes, Vieira is much more comfortable as a grappler. She records just 2.74 strikes per minutes with 35 percent accuracy. Her strength is clearly on the ground.
Her opponent is quite different as Eubanks throws 4.71 significant strikes per minutes with 42 percent accuracy. Averaging 2.17 takedowns per 15 minutes, the 5-foot-4 orthodox-stance fighter has already fought once this month, taking down #15 Julia Avila in UFC Vegas 10, a fight headlined by Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill. That was Eubanks first ranked victory.
She went the distance and recorded 19 more strikes than Avila in a unanimous decision victory. Eubanks has a quick turnaround for her third fight of the year. It’ll be interesting if the 35-year-old has a sluggish start having already fought this month.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks at UFC 253 on September 26th.
Money line odds
Ketlen Vieira: -167
Sijara Eubanks: +134
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