UFC predictions, picks and best bets for UFC Fight Night 187

Feb 22, 2020; Auckland, New Zealand; Angela Hill is declared the winner by decision against Loma Lookboonmee during UFC Fight Night Auckland at Spark Arena.
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Matthew Lowrimore

UFC· 7 months ago

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We are back in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex for UFC Fight Night 187. This weeks card will feature a Welterweight fight as the Main Event.

We’ll share our UFC Fight Night 187 best bets here but head over to our main UFC Fight Night 187 predictions homepage if you want picks for every fight on the main and preliminary card. Please gamble responsibly when following our MMA picks and predictions.

UFC Fight Night 187 Best Bets

Main Card

Misha Cirkunov Money Line -120

Misha Cirkunov comes into this fight 6-3 in the UFC, but has not fought since September of 2019. He is averaging 4.18 significant strikes per minute and landing them 52 percent of the time. His striking defense is 62 percent and he is absorbing just 2.89 strikes per minute. Grappling is where Cirkunov is going to look to dominate, averaging 4.42 takedowns per every 15 minutes and 2.4 submission attempts. He has a takedown accuracy of 57 percent and a takedown defense of 71 percent.

Ryan Spann is averaging 3.27 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 44 percent. He is absorbing 3.43 strikes per minute and has a striking defense of 46 percent, but his chin is a concern because of his recent loss by TKO/KO.

Even after a long layoff, I like Cirkunov in this spot. He is a much more balanced fighter and I think his grappling is going to be the biggest difference here.

Preliminary Card

Angela Hill Win by Decision (-175)

Angela Hill comes into this fight with an MMA record of 12-9. Hill is averaging 5.70 significant strikes per minute, landing them 49 percent of the time. Her grappling ability is not that great, averaging 0.41 takedowns per every 15 minutes. She has a takedown accuracy of 37 percent, while defending takedowns 77 percent of the time.

Ashley Yoder is averaging 2.81 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 41 percent. She is averaging 3.33 strikes and has a striking defense of 47 percent. Hill has seen 12 of her 16 UFC fights go the distance. I like Hill in the fight, so I will back her to win by decision because of her superior striking.

Matthew Semelsberger Money Line (-122)

Matthew Semelsberger most recently won his UFC debut by unanimous decision, beating Carlton Minus back in August of 2020. Semelsberger is averaging 7.87 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 50 percent. His aggressive style means he is absorbing 5.13 strikes per minute, but his striking defense is 57 percent. He also is looking to have solid grappling, averaging 2.00 takedowns per every 15 minutes. In his UFC debut, he had 100 percent takedown accuracy and a 100 percent takedown defense.

Jason Witt is averaging 2.77 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 61 percent. He is absorbing 2.39 strikes, but his 26 percent striking defense is a huge concern with the striking volume that Semelsberger has. He really has not had to defend any takedowns in the UFC, which also could be an issue against Semelsberger.

Given that Semelsberger is a much more balanced fighter, I am going to back him here. His aggressive striking can overwhelm Witt and because Witt has not shown tremendous ability to absorb damage, I think he will struggle.

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