UFC predictions, picks and best bets for UFC on ESPN 29: Sherman and Porter to battle it out
UFC on ESPN 29 takes place on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will feature a middleweight fight as the main event.
We’ll share our UFC on ESPN 29 best bets here but head over to our main UFC on ESPN 29 predictions page for picks for every fight on the main and preliminary card. Please gamble responsibly when following our MMA picks and predictions.
UFC on ESPN 29 main card best bets
Chase Sherman vs Parker Porter – Fight to end by TKO/KO (-135)
Chase Sherman comes into this fight 3-6 in the UFC. Sherman is averaging 6.00 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 45%. He is absorbing 5.77 strikes and has a striking defense of 52%.
Parker Porter comes into this fight 1-1 in the UFC. Porter is averaging 7.69 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 49%. He is absorbing 7.36 strikes and has a striking defense of 52%. His grappling has actually been pretty good, averaging 1.65 takedowns per every 15 minutes. He has a takedown accuracy of 60%, but has not had to defend any takedowns so far.
With this being a heavyweight fight, one punch could decide it. Porter has lost by TKO/KO once in his UFC career already and Sherman has seen 5 fights end by TKO/KO. For that reason, backing this fight to end by TKO/KO will be the play.
UFC on ESPN 29 preliminary best bets
Luis Saldana Money Line (-125) vs Austin Lingo
Luis Saldana comes into this fight with an MMA record of 15-6. He is 2-0 in the UFC, most recently his UFC debut against Jordan Griffin by unanimous decision back in April of last year. His other UFC win was by TKO/KO in a Dana White Contender Series Event. Saldana is averaging 4.39 significant strikes per every 15 minutes and has a striking accuracy of 51%. He is absorbing 1.79 strikes and has a striking defense of 64%. Unlike his opponent, grappling will likely not play a factor for Saldana. He also only has a takedown defense of 42%.
Saldana may have seen his official UFC debut end in decision, but he has 14 wins by finish in 15 career fights. Lingo does have the edge on the ground, but Saldana’s power looks to be a major factor. For that reason, backing Saldana to win will be the play here.
Roosevelt Roberts vs Ignacio Bahamondes: Fight to go the Distance – No (+115)
Roosevelt Roberts comes into this fight 5-2 in the UFC with 1 no contest. His most recent fight was that 1 no contest, and before that he lost to Jim Miller by submission. Roberts is averaging 3.03 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 49%. He is absorbing 2.27 strikes and has a striking defense of 52%. His grappling is also good, averaging 1.75 takedowns per every 15 minutes and 1.1 submission attempts during the same time period. His takedown accuracy is 53% and his takedown defense is 58%.
Ignacio Bahamondes comes into this fight 1-1 in the UFC, most recently losing to John Makdessi by split decision back in April of this year. Bahamondes is averaging 7.91 significant strikes per minute and has a striking accuracy of 41%. He is absorbing 6.40 strikes and has a striking defense of 51%. Bahamondes has not landed any takedowns so far in the UFC, but defends them 100% of the time.
Both guys have a high finish rate with Roberts winning 8 of his 10 career fights inside the distance and Bahamondes having 8 wins by knockout. Bahamondes is a high-volume striker too, while Roberts has very good submission ability. For that reason, backing this fight to end inside the distance will be the play.