Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson UFC 225 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/9/18
Anderson vs. Holm
UFC: Saturday, June 9, 2018 (United Center)
The Line: Holm -230 / Anderson +190 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Holly Holm and Megan Anderson fight Saturday during UFC 225 at the United Center.
Holly Holm enters this fight with a 11-4 record and has won 73 percent of her fights by knockout. Holm has lost four of her last five fights and is coming off a December loss to Cris Cyborg. Holm is averaging 2.79 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 32.3 percent. Holm is averaging 0.21 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 18.1 percent. Holm continues her free fall, as she’s now 1-4 since shocking the world by beating Ronda Rousey, and she just lost the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship in a fight where she ate 118 significant strikes. Holm did show she’s still tough as nails despite turning 37 in a few months, but she must start winning some fights if she’s going to remain relevant at this point. It’s no secret what Holm brings to the table when in good form, as she's one of the better female strikers in the sport thanks to a deep boxing and kickboxing background. Holm is always a strike or two away from ending a fight and uses her legs as well as anybody in the sport. Holm can hold her own with anybody standing up, and she just showed it against arguably the best pound for pound female fighter in the world and somebody who knocks girls out in her sleep. This will be Holm’s second career fight in Chicago.
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Megan Anderson enters this fight with a 8-2 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by knockout. Anderson has won each her last four fights and is coming off a January win over Charmaine Tweet. Anderson will make her UFC debut here, and its her first fight since winning the Invicta FC Featherweight Championship about a year and a half ago. Anderson was supposed to fight Cyborg back in UFC 214 but later pulled out due to personal reasons. A victory here could very well give the 28-year-old Anderson her shot once again with the women’s featherweight champion. Anderson is a lengthy fighter who stands at 6’0” and is a striker at heart who is best standing up. Anderson puts together really clean combinations and has some pop behind her hands, and she uses her legs well. Anderson has produced knockouts in each of her last four wins and two of them have been due to a head kick and punches. Anderson could certainly improve her speed and overall aggressiveness, but she’s certainly worthy and capable of holding her own with some of the better strikers within this division. This will be Anderson’s first career fight in Chicago.
If Holm can take a beating from Cyborg and continue coming forward, she should be able to handle whatever Anderson is going to throw. The problem is Holm is still finding ways to lose despite showing a tough chin and the fact she has so many recent losses is only going to give Anderson more confidence. Fights are sometimes won before even stepping into the octagon, as the whole reputation can intimidate somebody. That was once the case with Holm, but that’s starting to slip given the recent results. Anderson is a legit striker who can trade shots with the more experienced Holm.
The value is on Anderson and the plus money, as Holm doesn’t deserve to be laying these prices given her current form.