Yair Rodriguez Vs Jeremy Stephens Prediction & Betting Odds - UFC Fight Night 159 Picks
September 20, 2019
The featherweight division at 145lb receives a welcome boost on Sunday 22nd September, with a Mexico City Fight Night card headlined by Yair Rodriguez Vs Jeremy Stephens.
In this fight we have an up and coming 26-year-old Mexican Yair Rodriguez (11-2-0), taking on one of the true gatekeepers of this division in Jeremy Stephens (28-16-0).
There really is so little to separate these two fighters. Stephens comes here on the back of two losses, but they were at the hands of the pound for pound great Jose Aldo and rising star Zabit Magomedsharipov, so he has been facing the very best. Before that, Stephens had won his last three fights and was starting to look like a title contender.
Rodriguez is yet to fight in 2019 having beaten the Korean Zombie back in November 2018, his first fight since losing to Frankie Edgar. The 26-year-old has so much talent, the break will have done him good and he might prove too hot to handle for Stephens.
Betting Odds - Winner
- Yair Rodriguez to win at -125 (1.80) $200* Free Bet
- Jeremy Stephens to win at +100 (2.00) $200* Free Bet
- Yair Rodriguez to win at -109 (1.91) $250 Free Bet
- Jeremy Stephens to win at -109 (1.91) $250 Free Bet
- Yair Rodriguez to win at -105 (1.95) $200 Free Bet
- Jeremy Stephens to win at -120 (1.83) $200 Free Bet
Yair Rodriguez Vs Jeremy Stephens Betting Lines & Picks
The home fighter here, Yair Rodriguez, looks to be the one for a UFC prediction. Clearly he is vulnerable to top wrestlers, but this is likely to be a stand-up striking match and in that department, Rodriguez has more tools at his disposal.
We can expect Rodriguez to keep this fight at range, adopting a high work rate, utilising a strong kicking game, with elbows and short hooks greeting Stephens if he gets too close. It could well turn into a war, but with youth on his side and the home crowd in Mexico City, Rodriguez is taken to win his one.
A TKO is possible, but it seems just as likely this one could go the full distance.
UFC Betting Picks: Yair Rodriguez to win at -105 with Betway Sports