3 More Picks For October 3’s UFC 192 Card
#6 Jessica Eye (+170) vs. #12 Julianna Pena (-230) – Bantamweight
Jessica Eye is itching to regain some momentum after a unanimous decision loss to Miesha Tate on the UFC’s July showcase on FOX. A reputation bump would be very useful to the 29-year-old fighter who’s gone 1-2 with a NC too in her Ulitmate Fight Championship run. Her opponent Julianna Pena will not make things for Eye on October 3. Pena has notched first round TKO victories in her first two official UFC fights and has racked up a stunning 7.81 strikes-per-minute total with the big fed. Eye heads into the Octagon with the ability to absorb punishment and can strike with the best of ’em, so this tilt has the makings of an incredibly entertaining bout. Eye’s UFC record is a victim of going up against some strong opponents, so we think there’s a chance she could underestimated. That said, Pena’s a spectacular fighter that appears poised to skyrocket up the bantamweight rankings. We like Pena’s chances on Saturday.
Our Pick: Pena
Shawn Jordan (+100) vs. Ruslan Magomedov (-140) – Heavyweight
Houston’s UFC 192 main card includes this three round heavyweight contest between Shawn Jordan and Ruslan Magomedov. Jordan has a tidy three fight win streak on the go with back-to-back “Performance of the Night” bonuses adding sparkle to his résumé. The American has been getting his arm raised by knocking out opponents, but his Russian counterpart has had decision wins in 7 of his last fights. Essentially, one guy is good at finishing fights, while the other has no problem going the distance. Both men possess some noteworthy striking ability, but we’re bullish on Jordan scoring the victory. He will do everything he can to make sure this bout doesn’t get drawn out and the MMA vet’s last three fights show that he’s capable of leaving an opponent on the mat.
Our Pick: Jordan
#2 Joseph Benavidez (-350) vs. #15 Ali Bagautinov (+265) – Flyweight
Fans watching the preliminary card will have an exciting bout at the ready without even having to pony up for the pay-per-view. Joseph Benavidez will attempt to win his 11th fight in 13 contests with Russian flyweight Ali Bagautinov serving as the next hurdle. Bagautinov has redepemtion on his mind after losing to champ Demetrious Johnson at UFC 174 and getting popped for an EPO violation. Benavidez has a history of beating people that aren’t Demetrious Johnson, which puts Bagautinov in an unpleasant situation. This fight could get very interesting on the mat with both men more than capable of grappling and also submitting their opponent. We’re giving Benavidez and his superb collection of work the edge in this fight.
Our Pick: Benavidez
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