Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan odds, analysis

Earlier than Uriah Corridor and Sean Strickland conflict at UFC Battle Evening on Saturday, July 31, followers will get to see a compelling matchup within the girls’s flyweight division, between former champion Nicco Montano and all the time dynamic Wu Yanan.

After successful the twenty sixth season of The Final Fighter, Montano was awarded the inaugural girls’s UFC Flyweight championship belt. Nonetheless, fortune wouldn’t favor Montano, who as a result of a group of accidents, sickness and USADA points, can be unable to defend her title. As a substitute returning after two years from competitors to lose a tough fought battle with present bantamweight title challenger Julianna Pena.

Wu Yanan, though younger in her profession, has really doubled the variety of Montano’s skilled bouts 15-7 and can get pleasure from a definite expertise benefit. Though a promising expertise coming into the UFC in 2017, it appears the younger prospect has but to place all her abilities collectively cohesively, demonstrating all the time harmful talents however often arising simply barely quick. Whereas Montano seeks to re-enter her title into title competition, Wu will look to lastly dwell as much as her potential within the octagon.

Montano vs. Wu betting odds

As of proper now, the previous champion is seen as the favourite at -180, whereas Wu sits at +150. Because of this for each one greenback placed on Wu, anticipate to return two {dollars} and fifty cents whole if she pulls off the upset.

Montano vs. Wu Breakdown

Nicco Montano is a well-rounded fighter able to demonstrating abilities throughout the total spectrum of combined martial arts. Even in her placing sport, she neither favors punches or kicks, however makes use of each to maintain her opponents on their toes in any respect ranges. What units her aside is her means to get higher because the struggle strikes on.

Though up to now Montano has come out to the opening bell a bit over-anxious, she sometimes turns into extra comfy as time strikes on. Likewise, her actions change into extra fluid and her output grows. Whereas there aren’t any explicit strategies that Wu ought to focus an excessive amount of consideration on, it’s the well-roundedness of her sport that makes Montano harmful.

Her best energy is probably going her means to scramble and win out transitions. With a number of the finest steadiness management and grappling energy within the division, the previous champion has a excessive charge of reversing takedowns or reversing place when a takedown is profitable. This occurs virtually completely contained in the transitions, the place she permits her opponent’s weight to over-rotate and land herself in mount or half guard. Nonetheless, she is much less comfy post-transition if she does discover herself trapped closely on the underside, the place up to now we’ve seen her decide to failing strategies and lose vital management time to the opponents on high. One of the best instance of that is throughout her struggle with Juliana Pena, she discovered herself in facet management and half guard stuffed in opposition to the fence and wasted an excessive amount of time searching for a single leg reversal, doubtlessly resulting in her dropping choice.

In comparison with her final two fights, nevertheless, Wu presents significantly much less hazard on this space. As a substitute, Wu does her finest work on the ft, the place she is lighter and provides higher footwork than Montano. Wu additionally has loved a attain benefit however has uncared for to make use of it to nice impact in her earlier performances. On this match-up, her fast entrance leg facet kick ought to be an vital weapon in managing the gap with Montano who will doubtless look to clinch.

Wu can also be much less comfy placing when placed on the again foot, however is especially correct when she pushes ahead on her personal phrases. For this reason, if her kicking sport can gradual Montano down, and Wu retains shifting and choosing her pictures, we’ll see her in finest kind.

From the highest place Wu can inflict a comparatively first rate floor and pound effort, however she has proven a slight lack in submission consciousness as properly. If she does make the choice to take Montano down, she ought to search for takedowns similar to double legs or exterior journeys that enable her to fall into an already dominant place. If she makes use of takedowns that trigger her to fall into Montano’s guard, she’s going to scramble or search for submissions together with triangles off her again immediately.

Montano vs. Wu Prediction

Wu ought to make certain to start out quick, she is the cleaner striker, in addition to the quicker striker however Montano will solely get higher because the struggle will get grittier. Finally although, I feel it’s going to come all the way down to Montano’s grappling benefit. Wu has good entries onto her takedowns however usually lacks within the remaining dedication to the shot. That is the place Montano does her finest work however appears for her to place strain on the ft with the intention to draw out Wu’s takedown makes an attempt. I feel that at -180, Montano is a justifiable favourite heading into this match-up.

Prediction: Nicco Montano through choice

Jake Nichols

Jake Nichols is The Physique Lock’s Editor in Chief. Beforehand, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport. | Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan odds, evaluation


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