Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira UFC 215 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17
Vieira vs. McMann
UFC: Saturday, September 9, 2017 (Rogers Place)
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Sara McMann and Ketlen Vieira fight Saturday during UFC 215 at the Rogers Place.
Sara McMann enters this fight with a 11-3 record and has won 45 percent of her fights by decision. McMann has won seven of her last 11 fights and is coming off a February win over Gina Mazany. McMann is averaging 2.41 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.6 percent. McMann is averaging five takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 70.1 percent. McMann has won her last three fights since her 2015 loss to Amanda Nunes and has to build on this momentum considering she’s nearly 37 years old. It’s no secret what McMann wants to do in the octagon, as she’s one of the more accomplished grapplers and wrestlers in the sport, winning countless medals in various events over the last two decades. McMann always feels like she has the advantage on the canvas, and her last two victories have come by the arm-triangle choke. McMann also has a takedown defense of 100 percent on the UFC level. This will be McMann’s second fight in Canada.
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Ketlen Vieira enters this fight with a 8-0 record and has won 36 percent of her fights by submission. This will be Vieira’s fourth fight since 2016, and she’s coming off a April win over Ashlee Evans-Smith. Vieira is averaging 2.8 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 28.7 percent. Vieira is averaging 2.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 45.4 percent. Vieira is now 2-0 under the UFC banner and has landed a combined 84 significant strikes and produced five takedowns in those victories. Vieira has shown she can eat strikes without much of an issue and has the stamina to be effective for the long haul with her last three wins coming in decision. Vieira has a deep background in Judo, is effective with her leg kicks and is an effective takedown artist who does have three submission victories under her belt. However, with just one respectable name on her resume, this is a prove it fight for the 26-year-old Vieira. This will be Vieira’s first fight in Canada.
Even with a subpar resume, Vieira has looked sharp in her UFC fights, landing some strikes to keep her opponent honest and being successful with her takedowns while defending 100 percent. Vieira is somebody to keep an eye on as she gains experience. However, McMann should be able to school Vieira in this fight, especially if it goes to the canvas, which it’s kind of inevitable that it does. McMann’s ground game dominance and experience will be overwhelming in this match and will be enough to give Vieira her first career loss.
McMann gets her fourth straight victory and inches closer to a potential title shot.