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Marlon Vera vs. Roman Salazar MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/15

Roman Salazar (9-3) vs. Marlon Vera (6-2-1)

MMA: Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Nashville)

The Line: Roman Salazar +105 / Marlon Vera -125 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: UFC Fight Pass

Marlon Vera and Roman Salazar fight Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Nashville.

Marlon Vera enters this fight with a 6-2-1 record and is winning 67 percent of his fights by submission. Vera has won just one of his last four fights and is coming off a November loss to Marco Beltran. Vera is averaging 1.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.6 percent. Vera is averaging one takedown with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Vera’s best trait is by far his grappling ability, as he’s very athletic and young enough at 22 years old to wear down his opponent. Vera’s last two victories have come by submission, and he’s able to flip things in a hurry if his opponent isn’t careful. Of course, the downside with Vera is that he’s lost two of his last three fights and didn’t look good at all the last time we saw him several months ago.

Marlon Vera vs. Roman Salazar MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/15

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Roman Salazar enters this fight with a 9-3 record and is winning 33 percent of his fights by knockout. Salazar has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a February no contest against Norifumi Yamamoto. Salazar is averaging 1.96 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 34.5 percent. Salazar is averaging 1.54 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Salazar has quick hands in striking and defense, as he’s defending 63.6 percent of his strikes. Salazar is able to attack quickly and get out, and he’s also in extreme shape and willing to always go the distance if need be. Of course, we haven’t seen Salazar much in the UFC due to a quick exit against Mitch Gagnon and a fight stoppage against Yamamoto. This will be Salazar’s third time fighting out of Arizona.

As the odds indicate, this fight can really go any way as both fighters are still rather raw and simply don’t have much UFC experience under their belts. However, I give the slight edge to Salazar, as I think he’s a little more balanced and will be able to throw Vera off his game a little bit. I also hate Vera’s form at the moment, as he hasn’t looked good in a while.

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