UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens – Pre-fight Analysis and Favorites
UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens is an MMA event from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The main event is the fight between featherweights Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett and the co-main event is the bout between strawweight girls Jéssica Andrade and Tecia Torres.
Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin
The first fight of the main card is the bout between welterweights Mike Perry and Max Griffin. Mike Perry is a typical striker who will probably try to stand on his feet. His MMA cartel until now consists for 11 wins and 2 losses. All these 11 wins were achieved via KO or TKO. Both losses happened via Decision after 3 rounds. The most recent against the excellent Argentinian fighter Santiago Ponzinibbio. Like Mike Perry, Max Griffin is also a striker. His professional cartel consists of 13 wins and 4 losses. He comes from a unanimous decision loss against Elizeu Zaleski. His last 4 wins were via KO or TKO.
Considering both fighters’ background, it is most likely that the fight occurs on their feet with both fighters trying to go for the knockout, which will make this a very pleasant fight to watch. Mike Perry is regarded as a strong favorite for this fight and I must agree with the odds.
My guess would probably be: Mike Perry via Knockout.
Sanit Preux vs. Ilir Latifi
The second bout will be between light heavyweights Ovince Saint Preux and the Swedish Ilir Latifi. Saint Preux comes with a big cartel of 22 wins and 10 losses, winning his last 3 fights, 2 via submission and 1 via KO. Latifi brings a cartel of 13 wins and 5 losses having won his last fight against Tyson Pedro via Unanimous Decision. Before that, back in 2016, he lost to Ryan Bader via KO. In the last 2 years, he fought only 3 times, while Saint Preux did it 6 times in the same period. Because of the moment and versatility, Saint Preux is considered a favorite in this fight. Being a fight between two strong heavy fighters, anything can happen though.
Saint Preux is much higher, so he will try to keep his distance. Latifi will probably have problems to find the distance so he will try to take Saint Preux down. He is a good wrestler, so I believe he can do it.
My guess is Latifi via decision.
Jéssica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
The co-main event of the evening is the fight between Strawweights Jéssica Andrade and Tecia Torres. Andrade comes to this fight with a cartel of 17 wins and 6 losses. Her only loss in the UFC Strawweight division was against the former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and she comes from an impressive win against Cláudia Gadelha. Tecia Torres has a cartel of 10 wins and only one loss against Rose Namajunas, the current champion. After this loss, she won 3 fights in a row. Torres has a good technique on the stand-up game but lacks punching power. She never won a fight via KO or TKO. Jéssica Andrade, on the other hand, has the punching power but lacks the ability, which was visible in the fight against Joanna.
This fighters will probably begin on their feet, but it is very likely that Andrade throws some takedowns and tries to finish the fight.
My guess: Andrade via submission.
Emmett vs. Stephens
The main event will be the bout between featherweights Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett. Stephens has a cartel of 24 wins and 14 losses and is known for his exciting fights, coming from two fight of the night bonuses against Gilbert Melendez and Doo Ho Choi. A big part of his wins happens via KO or TKO and he was knocked out only one time in his 38 fights. Josh Emmett comes to this fight with a smaller cartel of 13 wins and only one loss. His last fight was probably his most impressive performance (he missed the weight though), knocking out former title contender Ricardo Lamas in the very first round.
Jeremy Stephens is the favorite for this fight if it occurs on the fighter’s feet. Josh Emmett will probably try to take the fight to the ground if he can’t catch Stephens with a big punch early on. Stephens will try to keep the fight on his feet.
For this fight, my guess will be a little more audacious: Emmett via decision. The most likely, though, is a Stephens win via KO, TKO or decision.