In a women’s strawweight bout on the main card for UFC 257, Marina Rodriguez will take on Amanda Ribas Saturday live from UFC Fight Island and available on ESPN+ PPV.
The 33-year-old Rodriguez enters this contest as the underdog and a professional fighting record of 12-1-2. She is also ranked eighth in the women’s strawweight rankings. Rodriguez last fought in July at UFC on ESPN 14, where she lost by a split decision to Carla Esparza.
The Brazilian mixed martial artist averages 5.04 strikes per minute with an accuracy of 50 percent. But she doesn’t take a lot of damage in return, absorbing 3.31 strikes per minute, while defending them at 52 percent.
Meanwhile, Ribas walks into the octagon as the overwhelming favorite. She has professional fighting record of 10-1 and is ranked ninth in the women’s strawweight rankings. The 5-foot-3 fighter last fought in July at UFC 251, where she put an end to Paige VanZant’s UFC career with a Round 1 submission victory.
This will make her fifth-ever UFC fight on Saturday night. Before joining the UFC in 2019, Ribas competed at Max Fight, Jungle Fight, and Pentagon Combat. In her short UFC stint, Ribas has landed 4.71 significant strikes per minute at a 44 percent success rate. She also doesn’t take a lot of strikes in return, absorbing 1.7 strikes per minute, with a defense rate of 74 percent.
Lastly, she is the better grappler, averaging 2.02 takedowns per 15 minutes. Ribas’ takedown accuracy is 50 percent, while her takedown defense is 85 percent. And she possess a 1.61 submission average per 15 minute.
Here are the odds and betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas at UFC 257 on January 23rd.
Odds and Betting splits
Marina Rodriguez: +250 (8% of action, 7% of bets)
Amanda Ribas: -335 (92% of action, 93% of bets)
Winning Method splits
Amanda Ribas By Decision: +110 (19% of action, 77% of bets)
Amanda Ribas By KO, TKO, or DQ: +515 (1% of action, 1% of bets)
Amanda Ribas By Submission: +300 (59% of action, 18% of bets)
Marina Rodriguez By Decision: +350 (1% of action, 0% of bets)
Marina Rodriguez By KO, TKO, or DQ: +900 (20% of action, 2% of bets)
Marina Rodriguez By Submission: +1800 (1% of action, 0% of bets)
Tie: +5000 (0% of action, 0% of bets)
Marina Rodriguez: $7,000
Amanda Ribas: $9,200
Ribas is one of the highest-priced fighters on Saturday’s card, but she is worth the cost and spot in your DFS lineup. Ribas is averaging 96.6 fantasy points per fight and has shown to be a high scorer in her first four UFC bouts. In her last four wins, Ribas has scored at least 100 fantasy points three times. She cannot only throw a ton of significant strikes, but also make her opponent tap. There’s value here.
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