Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/15
Ron Stallings (13-7) vs. Joe Riggs (40-15)
MMA: Sunday, September 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Riggs +140 / Stallings -160 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: UFC Fight Pass
Joe Riggs and Ron Stallings fight early Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Joe Riggs enters this fight with a 40-15 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by knockout. Riggs has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a April loss to Patrick Cote. Riggs is averaging 2.28 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.7 percent. Riggs is averaging 2.36 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.7 percent. Riggs is a power puncher who can end a fight quickly standing up, as four of his last six wins have come by knockout. Riggs also isn’t afraid of the canvas, as he has 16 wins by submission. The obvious concern for Riggs is that this is his 12th fight since 2011, and at times he looks overworked and ready to fall apart at any moment. This will be the sixth time Riggs fights in Las Vegas.
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Ron Stallings enters this fight with a 13-7 record and has won 46 percent of his fights by knockout. Stallings has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Justin Jones. Stallings is averaging 3.32 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.8 percent. Stallings is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Stallings’ best trait is his stamina, as he’s in great shape and able to go the distance if need be. Stallings has a decent striking game and two of his last three wins have come by knockout. The concern I have with Stallings is that he’s still not truly comfortable on the canvas and can be controlled for long stretches. This will be the second time Stallings fights in Las Vegas.
Honestly, Stallings isn’t polished enough to trust with these heavy odds. However, I’m not sure how anybody can trust Riggs given his current form and the fact he takes fight after fight, simply killing his body.
For the sake of the article, I have to go with Stallings given that his body is in far better shape right now.