Francisco Trinaldo vs. Yancy Medeiros UFC 198 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/16
UFC: Saturday, March 14, 2016 (Arena da Baixada)
The Line: Trinaldo -225 / Medeiros +185 Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: UFC Fight Pass
Francisco Trinaldo and Yancy Medeiros fight Saturday night during UFC 198 at the Arena da Baixada.
Francisco Trinaldo enters this fight with a 19-4 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by decision. Trinaldo has won five straight fights and is coming off a January win over Ross Pearson. Trinaldo is averaging 2.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.2 percent. Trinaldo is averaging 1.03 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40.9 percent. Trinaldo has finally found consistency in UFC with five straight wins and has improved his conditioning that has made him more effective. Trinaldo is great at wearing down his opponent with his grappling attack and knows how to finish fights on the canvas. Trinaldo has also become a more consistent striker over time as well. Trinaldo has fought much of his career in Brazil, his home country.
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Yancy Medeiros enters this fight with a 12-3 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Medeiros has won three of his last five fights and is coming off a December win over John Makdessi. Medeiros is averaging 4.3 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 35.4 percent. Medeiros is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Medeiros had some serious hype a couple of years ago before getting knocked out by Dustin Poirier. Medeiros needs this victory to kind of get back on track. Medeiros is an accurate striker who has some pop, and he’s shown he’s comfortable on the canvas with two of his three UFC wins coming by submission. Medeiros has the raw tools to really shoot up the rankings, it’s now up to him to put everything together. This will be Medeiros’ first fight in Brazil.
Trinaldo has really looked sharp since improving his conditioning, and now he gets to fight in Brazil with full support. Medeiros has the potential to pull off the upset, but he’s been very inconsistent and isn’t as polished as the 37-year-old who has improved his game. A lack of experience could also hurt Medeiros in this fight.
I like Trinaldo to win his sixth straight fight.