Bethe Correia vs. Pannie Kianzad
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Flash Forum)
The Line: Pannie Kianzad -144 / Bethe Correia +124 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Bethe Correia and Pannie Kianzad fight Saturday during UFC on ESPN 14 at the Flash Forum.
Bethe Correia enters this fight with a 11-4-1 record and has won 82 percent of her fights by decision. Correia has split her last 10 fights and is coming off a September win over Sijara Eubanks. Correia is averaging 4.47 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Correia is averaging 0.37 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 20 percent. Correia is coming off a decision win at UFC Fight Night 159 where she landed 77 total strikes and defended four of five takedown attempts. Correia now looks for back-to-back victories for the first time since 2014 when she first joined the UFC. Correia has a purple belt in Kung Fu and a blue belt in BJJ, and she has a background in boxing, sandra and wrestling as well. Correia is a polished striker who lands a lot of strong strikes per minute and can be a bit wild at times. Correia relies a lot on her boxing ability and has a high work rate that can be overwhelming for opponents to keep up. Whether in the clinch or on the feet, Correia wants to be the aggressor at all times. This will be Correia’s first career fight in Abu Dhabi.
Pannie Kianzad enters this fight with a 12-5 record and has won 75 percent of her fights by decision. Kianzad has split her last 10 fights and is coming off a November win over Jessica-Rose Clark. Kianzad is averaging 4.03 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41 percent. Kianzad is averaging 0.40 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 20 percent. Kianzad earned her first UFC victory at UFC Fight Night 163 where she landed 103 total strikes. Kianzad is now 1-2 under the UFC banner and has a chance to win back-to-back fights for the second time since 2015. Kianzad has a deep background in boxing and has a purple belt in BJJ, so she has has some balance to her attack but is more comfortable on her feet. Kianzad loves to find herself in the clinch where she just unloads on her opponent against the fence, and she usually gains top position on the canvas where she is relentless with ground and pound. Kianzad wants to let her hands go wherever the fight ends up and she’s never produced a submission victory in her career. This will be Kianzad’s first career fight in Abu Dhabi.
This should be a fun fight between two fighters with similar styles in that they rely heavily on their boxing backgrounds and want to keep it on the feet. Kianzad is somebody who is looking to make the most of this opportunity given that she wasn’t awarded a contract after the TUF 28 Finale. Kianzad also has a size advantage in this fight. With all that said, I like Correia in the underdog role given her aggressive nature and her ability to push the pace. Correia has also been in the octagon with some of the best fighters in the sport, and that’s key when going up against somebody who has bounced around a bit and doesn’t have the same level of coipition on her resume.
Give me Correia and the plus money.