Dennis Bermudez vs. Rick Glenn UFC Fight Night 133 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/14/18
Rick Glenn vs. Dennis Bermudez
UFC: Saturday, July 14, 2018 (CenturyLink Arena)
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Dennis Bermudez and Rick Glenn fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 133 at the CenturyLink Arena.
Dennis Bermudez enters this fight with a 17-8 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by decision. Bermudez has lost five of his last seven fights and is coming off a January loss to Andre Fili. Bermudez is averaging 4.59 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.5 percent. Bermudez is averaging 3.6 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.4 percent. Bermudez is pretty much in must-win mode, as he enters this bout on a three-fight winning streak and has been on the wrong side of back-to-back tough split decisions. Bermudez is coming off a loss despite landing 40 more strikes than his opponent, which as to be frustrating. When in good form, Bermudez is a well conditioned fighter who is highly successful with his takedowns and executes a solid ground and pound attack. Bermudez seems to get better the deeper a fight goes and has won nine of his 11 career decisions. Bermudez has also improved his striking overall, which includes landing 100-plus significant strikes in his last bout. This will be Bermudez’s first career fight in Idaho.
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Rick Glenn enters this fight with a 20-5-1 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Glenn has won 10 of his last 13 fights and is coming off a December loss to Myles Jury. Glenn is averaging 4.43 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45 percent. Glenn is averaging one takedown with an accuracy percentage of 16 percent. Glenn was dominated in his last bout, in which he ate 51 total strikes and was taken down twice, losing in unanimous decision. The good news for Glenn is that he’s never lost back-to-back fights in his career and has responded in three of the last four occasions with finishes. Glenn is a decent balanced fighter who comes from a wrestling and boxing background, and he’s shown he can hold his own standing up or on the canvas early in his UFC career. Glenn has had some takedown success, has flashed ground and pound and has been fairly accurate with his stand up attack as well. Glenn is also a tough fighter who has been finished just once in each of the last eight years. This will be Glenn’s first career fight in Idaho.
Glenn is worth a look here if it’s nothing more than a fade from Bermudez, as the guy has to be rather low on confidence at the moment. Glenn is the stronger striker and has a four inch reach advantage. However, this is a fight Bermudez should and has to win if he hopes to keep getting booked on big cards. Bermudez is easily the more balanced fighter and should be able to control the pace of this fight. With constant takedown attempts and polished ground and pound, this has the feel of Glenn’s last fight. Always fighting where he doesn’t want to and playing defense for long stretches.
Bermudez finally gets the feel good win he’s been looking for.