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UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City

UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City

Overall Record 22-23-1 

The UFC continues its travels this week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The main card is kicking off at 9pm Saturday June 24th on FS1. While none of these fights look to make too big of a dent in the rankings, they remain exciting nonetheless. It features a legend making another walk to down to the octagon, two heavy hitters who are likely to produce a knockout, and the settling of one of this years most exciting UFC rivalries.

Bonus Fight: Clay Guida vs Erik Koch- Koch has good takedown defense and heavy hands, and is a prospect to watch. Guida is a veteran, has some of the best conditioning in UFC history, and has a habit of producing fight of the night worthy bouts. If you have FS2, tune in for this prelim main event. Regardless of the result there will be action.

Now let’s breakdown the UFC card in OKC

Bj Penn (+170 underdog) vs Dennis Siver (-210 favorite) 

I’m no expert, but even after getting demolished by Yair Rodriguez, Bj Penn has no business being an underdog to Dennis Siver. No disrespect to Siver who has built a nice career, but Bj Penn is still a legend of the sport. He won’t be outsized by Siver like he was by Yair, and his striking isn’t nearly as unique or crisp as his either. Penn has the ground advantage over most people in the world, and should eventually get Siver there and choke him out.

(Penn by Submission, Round 2) 

Tim Means (-250 favorite) vs Alex Garcia (+195 underdog) 

Tim Means is vicious in the ring. The “Dirty Bird” looks to hit early, hard, and often. If he can fend off Alex Garcia’s takedowns, and keep on his feet and away from the ground and pound attack then he should be able to cruise to a decision. Means won’t be happy with that, so look for him to finish the fight.

(Means by TKO, Round 2) 

Dominick Reyes (-365 favorite) vs Joachim Christenson (+275 underdog) 

Reyes is a big guy for 205, standing at nearly 6’4. He’s a prospect that the UFC is anxious to get into the ring, hoping to get another contender into the mix at 205. Joachim Christenson is one of the new faces on the block at 205 looking to get his footing against the rookie. We’ll see how the fight turns out, but Reyes boasts mostly knockouts in his wins outside the organization, and has a good chance to do that to Christenson if he doesn’t have too much jitters.

(Reyes by Decision) 

Felice Herrig (-125 favorite) vs Justine Kish (+105 underdog) 

Felice Herrig is an interesting fighter in at 115 pounds. “Lil Bulldog” upset rising star Alexa Grasso and looked better than ever doing it. She’s riding momentum into facing Justine Kish, who is undefeated in her 6 professional fights, including the last 2 victories coming in the UFC. While neither girl seems to be heavy handed, Herrig has the better ground skills. Whoever makes less mistakes will likely walk away the winner.

(Herrig by Decision) 

Tim Boetsch (+175 underdog) vs Johny Hendricks (-225 favorite) 

Both of these guys have a traditional wrestling base, and huge power in their hands. Hendricks is a better wrestler, and if he can get and keep Boetsch on the ground then the fight is his. However Boetsch is one of the biggest and strongest men in the 185 pound division, and this is only Hendricks 2nd fight at the weight. Boetsch is a bully fighter and if he can do that to Hendricks it’ll be a long night. It’s likely neither man will want to exchange strikes with the other, if they do its a coin flip.

(Boetsch by Decision) 

#6 Michael Chiesa (+110 underdog) vs #11 Kevin Lee (-140 favorite) 

At the UFC press conference announcing all the big cards this summer, Lee and Chiesa made this one must see TV by jawing back and forth, and coming to blows after Lee made a comment regarding Chiesa’s mother (you never go after the mom’s, come on man). The main event pits these rising stars against an opponent who employs a similar style. Lee is a ground and pounder, and a built and powerful guy. Chiesa is long, and loves to lock in submissions to finish fights. If these guys stand and bang, Chiesa is taller, but Lee has a slight reach advantage. Lee is stepping up in competition, while Chiesa is solidifying his position as a top contender. We haven’t seen the best Lee has to offer, but we are unlikely to see it in a fight against a guy as talented and motivated as Chiesa.

(Chiesa by Submission, Round 3) 

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