Markus Perez is slightly favored against Wellington Turman at UFC Fight Night 164 on Saturday, November 16 in São Paulo, Brazil. This event is one of five fights on the main card on ESPN+. Perez is 11-2 in his career, while Turman is 15-3 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main card on ESPN+ at UFC Fight Night 164, with the headliner a bout between Jan Blachowicz and Ronaldo Souza. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card, all on ESPN+. Let’s look at the bout between Perez and Turman and UFC predictions.
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Markus Perez (11-2, 2-2 UFC)
Perez came into the UFC with a record of 9-0 and he has two wins and two losses in the UFC. He defeated James Bochnovic by rear-naked choke submission and Anthony Hernandez by technical submission; while losing to Eryk Anders by unanimous decision and Andrew Sanchez by unanimous decision. Perez has been a pro since 2013 and he has three wins by TKO/KO and five by submission. He has six first round finishes.
Wellington Turman (15-3, 0-1 UFC)
Turman came into the UFC with a record of 15-2 and he has no wins and one loss in the UFC. He lost to Karl Roberson by split decision on July 13, 2019 in his UFC debut. Turman’s last win in his career was against Marcio Alexandre Jr. by rear-naked choke submission on April 19, 2019. Turman has been a pro since 2014 and he has four wins by TKO/KO and seven by submission. He has eight first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Perez 2.56/ Turman 1.67
Striking Accuracy: Perez 47% / Turman 49%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Perez 4.24/ Turman 3.33
Defense: Perez 49% / Turman 37%
Takedown average: Perez 1.48/ Turman 4.00
Takedown Accuracy: Perez 28% / Turman 57%
Takedowns defended: Perez 81% / Turman 0%
Submission average: Perez 1.5 / Turman 2.0
Perez was supposed to be fighting Jack Marshman, but Marshman withdrew and Turman picked up the fight. Perez looked good in his last win against Anthony Hernandez and he is 2-2 in the UFC. Turman has had only one UFC fight, but he showed himself well in a split decision loss to Karl Roberson. This fight is a contrast in styles, as Perez will want to keep it standing, while Turman will look to take the fight to the mat. The oddsmakers have this fight as a toss-up and I agree, so I will avoid picking a side and look at the rounds total. Neither of these two fighters has shown a great ability to get quick finishes, so unless Turman finds a way to get a submission this one should go the distance. I will take the rounds to go over the total and also hedge a bit and take Turman to win by submission.
UFC Fight Night 164 takes place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, November 16, with five fights on the main card on ESPN+ headlined by Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza and seven preliminary bouts, all on ESPN+.
Main Card (ESPN+)
Light Heavyweight - Jan Blachowicz -205 vs. Ronaldo Souza
Light Heavyweight - Maurício Rua -275 vs. Paul Craig
Lightweight - Charles Oliveira -370 vs. Jared Gordon
Middleweight - Andre Muniz -135 vs. Antonio Arroyo
Middleweight - Markus Perez -130 vs. Wellington Turman
Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Welterweight - James Krause -211 vs. Sérgio Moraes
Featherweight - Ricardo Ramos -285 vs. Luiz Eduardo Garagorri
Lightweight - Francisco Trinaldo -125 vs. Bobby Green
Welterweight - Warlley Alves -120 vs. Randy Brown
Featherweight - Douglas Silva de Andrade -235 vs. Renan Barão
Women's Flyweight - Veronica Macedo -125 vs. Ariane Lipski
Women's Bantamweight - Tracy Cortez -190 vs. Vanessa Melo
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