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UFC Fight Night 139: Korean Zombie vs Yair Rodriguez Betting Prediction

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On November 10th, UFC will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary with a trip to Denver, Colorado. In the main event of the evening, fan favourite Korean Zombie will take on the always exciting Yair Rodriguez in what promises to be a barn burner of a fight.

X Factors

Korean Zombie will coming off an over 18 month lay off following his first round knockout win over Denis Bermudez. Prior to that fight, he didn’t fight for 42 months due to injuries as well as mandatory military service. On one hand, you could argue that the lay-off will not affect KZ as he already proved that he is able to win after a long time away from the cage. On the other hand, KZ has only fought once in the 5 years and that has to account for something.

Yair Rodriguez is also coming off a significant lay-off, having last fought in May of 2017 in a losing effort to Frankie Edgar. Coincidentally, Rodriguez is coming in on short notice to replace Edgar after he was forced to withdraw with an injury. Rodriguez will have approximately two weeks to prepare for the fight. It is also important to know that the Mexican fighter was forced to withdraw from his fight against Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 back in September.

The fight will be held in Denver, Colorado which is at an elevation of 5280 feet. This is important because elevation can have a significant impact on fighters’ cardio. According to Korean Zombie’s Instagram he arrived in Denver over two weeks ago and thus had time to adapt. However, It is unknown as to when Rodriguez arrived in Denver but he has already fought several times at high elevation in Mexico City and Salt Lake City where his cardio held up.

Paths to Victory

The Korean Zombie is dangerous both on the feet and on the ground but in this fight it would be smart for him to look to wrestle Rodriguez. We have seen Rodriguez struggle on the ground against Edgar’s suffocating top game and whilst KZ’s grappling is very different to Edgar’s I believe that his his tricky submission game will be instrumental if he is to get his hand raised.

It is no secret that Yair Rodriguez will look to showcase his kicking game in this fight and thus will look to keep the fight upright. Even though he was dominated by Edgar on the mat, I do not think that El Pantera’s ground game is that bad and he should be able to hold his own against his Korean opponent.

Conclusion

Overall, I believe that this fight is extremely close on paper with neither fighter having an overwhelming advantage anywhere. However, Rodriguez is the younger and fresher fighter who has kept more active over the recent years. Therefore, I give the slight edge to him to overcome the always dangerous Korean Zombie in what promises to be the fight of the night.

Recommended Play: Yair Rodriguez @ +123 at Pinnacle

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Vladimir K

Vladimir has followed combat sports for the majority of his life and loves breaking down fights to help other people win money. He also runs his own website where he focuses on providing spotlight for up-and-coming fighters through interviews and prospect reports. You can see more of this work at his website MMAScout.com

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