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Veronica Macedo vs. Andrea Lee UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18

Lee vs. Macedo

UFC: Saturday, May 19, 2018 (Movistar Arena)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Veronica Macedo and Andrea Lee fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 129 at the Movistar Arena.

Veronica Macedo enters this fight with a 5-1-1 record and has won 60 percent of her fights by decision. Macedo has split her last four fights and is coming off a 2016 loss to Ashlee Evans-Smith. Macedo is averaging 1.8 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.1 percent. Macedo is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Macedo hasn’t fought in almost two years since being knocked out in her UFC debut, a fight in which she ate 114 strikes and was taken down twice. It wasn’t the result Macedo wanted obviously, but she’s still extremely young at 22 years old, and she has raw talent to bounce back. Macedo is an athletic fighter with great striking ability and speed, and she’s shown a solid grappling game at times. My main concern with Macedo is the rust, as a year and a half out of the octagon does raise questions. This will be Macedo’s first career fight in Chilie. 

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Veronica Macedo vs. Andrea Lee UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18

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Andrea Lee enters this fight with a 8-2 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by submission. Lee has won each of her last four fights and is coming off a September win over Jamie Thorton. Lee will make her UFC debut here, and she enters this bout with momentum considering she hasn’t lost since 2016 against Sarah D'Alelio. Lee is a successful title defender of the LFA Women's Flyweight Championship and is a well decorated Muay-Thai and National Golden Gloves champion. Lee has a very aggressive stand up game where she puts kickboxing and her boxing background to good use and usually outworks her opponents. On the canvas, Lee has above-average grappling ability and does have four submission victories to her name. Lee is an all around polished fighter who has a chance to quickly climb the rankings. This will be Lee’s first career fight outside of the United States.

I’m not giving up on Macedo just yet, but she didn’t look good in her UFC debut, and well over a year from the octagon doesn’t really do anyone any good. Lee hasn’t fought on the big stage before, but she’s a very aggressive fighter on her feet and has many awards on her resume to prove her ability. Lee should also have the advantage if this goes to the canvas given that four of her last six fights have ended in submission.

Lee is a fighter to watch closely, as it shouldn’t be long before she makes a name for herself. Give me the American.

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