The opening fight of UFC on ESPN 14 tonight is a bantamweight battle with Chris Gutierrez taking on Cody Durden live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Gutierrez is 3-1 since joining the UFC, and 15-4 overall in MMA. His las bout was a TKO via leg kicks in the second round against Vince Morales in Jacksonville on May 30th. “El Guapo” averages 4.17 strikes per minute of octagon time, with just one UFC takedown. The 28-year-old fights out of Jersey City, New Jersey and the Factory X gym.
Durden makes his debut with an 11-2 record, having won seven straight via stoppage on the independent circuit. Competing recently out of the National Fighting Championship promotion, the Covington, Georgia native has 10 early endings in his 11 victories, with five KO’s and five submissions. He fights out of American Top Team Atlanta, and here’s a video of him being interviewed with highlights.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Chris Gutierrez vs. Cody Durden at UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas on August 1st.
Chris Gutierrez: -345 (70% of action, 68% of bets)
Cody Durden: +265 (30% of action, 32% of bets)
Here are the DraftKings DFS salaries for Chris Gutierrez vs. Cody Durden tonight:
Chris Gutierrez: $9,200
Cody Durden: $7,000
Gutierrez is a good fighter, but there’s just too much other opportunity on this card with the last-minute fighter changes to grab someone for over $9000 this far down the competition ladder that only has a 65.4 DFS scoring average despite a 3-1 record. Spend your salary cap somewhere else unless you have reason to believe Cody Durden has Tyler Durden-type skills and can win a fight with himself or anyone else in surprising style.
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