Ricky Simon vs Benito Lopez UFC 227 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/4/18
Benito Lopez vs Ricky Simon
UFC: Saturday, August 4, 2018 (Staples Center)
The Line: Salmon -190/ Lopez +150 Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
With Swedish fighter, Alexander Gustafsson, withdrawing from his fight at UFC 227, the fight between Benito Lopez and Ricky Simon has been added to the main card. This news would have given both fighters a massive boost as making it onto the main card is a huge accomplishment for any fighter in the UFC. That being said, this will ensure that this fight will be much more important to both fighters since winning will result in an announcement of skill to the whole UFC universe. This means we should be able to witness a great contest.
Benito Lopez enters this fight unbeaten with a record of 9 wins and no losses. This is a great record and the young American fighter will look to ensure he can keep winning so he will soon be a title contender. As a member of Team Alpha Male, Lopez gets to train with some of the top fighters in the world and that should mean that he is gaining some get exposure which he will look to use in his fights. The last time Lopez fought he was very impressive as he beat Albert Morales and I am sure he will look to get another big win in this fight.
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Ricky Simon will look to end Benito Lopez’s unbeaten streak in this fight. Simon is also a young fighter and although he is not unbeaten, his record or 13 wins and 1 loss is also very good. This will be a great chance of Ricky Simon to win and announce his name of the UFC stage. It will not be easy since he is fighting a very talented member of Team Alpha Male but I think Simon is good enough to end Lopez’s winning streak.
All in all, I am going to predict that Ricky Simon wins this fight. This is not an easy prediction to make since both fighters are very good but I think the added experience and muscle mass of Simon will get the job done. As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a good price to wager on Simon to win so that is the suggested bet.