UFC predictions, picks and best bets for UFC Fight Night 198: Tate continues her title chase

Dec 21, 2019; Busan, SOUTH KOREA; Kyung Ho Kang (red gloves) is introduced before fighting Liu Pingyuan (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Sajik Arena.
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UFC Fight Night 198 takes place on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will feature a women’s bantamweight division fight as the main event.

We are sharing our UFC Fight Night 198 best bets here, but head over to our main UFC Fight Night 198 predictions page for picks for every fight on the main and preliminary card. Please gamble responsibly when following our MMA picks and predictions.

UFC Fight Night 198 main card best bets

Ketlen Vieira vs Miesha Tate ML (+100)

Miesha Tate comes into this fight with an MMA record of 19-7. She is 12-6 in the UFC, most recently beating Marion Reneau by TKO/KO in July. Tate is averaging 2.13 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 42%. She is absorbing 2.68 strikes and has a striking defense of 51%. Her grappling is also good, averaging 2.16 takedowns per every 15 minutes and 1.5 submission attempts during the same time period. Her takedown accuracy is 32% and her takedown defense is 52%.

The last fight for Tate was her first in the UFC since 2016 and she was more than impressive. She will look to continue making her case for a title shot and with a balanced style, a win seems likely. Ketlen Vieira has started to become a little inconsistent, losing 2 of her last 3 fights, so backing Tate to win is the play.

Rani Yahya vs Kyung-Ho Kang ML (-120)

Kyung-Ho Kang comes into this fight with an MMA record of 17-8. He is 6-2 in the UFC, most recently beating Pingyuan Liu by split decision in December 2019. He is averaging 2.52 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 44%. He is absorbing 2.43 strikes and has a striking defense of 58%. His grappling will also play a factor as he is averaging 2.53 takedowns per every 15 minutes and 1.1 submission attempts during the same time period. His takedown accuracy is 59% and his takedown defense is 71%.

Even though Kang has not fought in the UFC in almost 2 years, he is much more balanced. His grappling and his striking are better, so backing him to win is the play.

UFC Fight Night 198 preliminary card best bets

Luana Pinheiro win by finish (+110) vs Sam Hughes

Luana Pinheiro comes into this fight with an MMA record of 9-1. She is 2-0 in the UFC, most recently beating Randa Markos due to her being disqualified. Pinheiro is averaging 5.52 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 50%. She is absorbing 3.11 strikes and has a striking defense of 62%. Her grappling has been elite, averaging 10.61 takedowns per every 15 minutes. Her takedown accuracy is 83% and she has not had to defend a takedown in the UFC.

Pinheiro has won 8 fights in her career by a finish, which also includes the recent DQ from her opponent. Sam Hughes has really struggled to get anything going in her 2 UFC fights, so backing Pinheiro to win by finish is the play.

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