UFC Fight Night Andrade vs. Zhang

Andrade UFC Betting Chalk to Zhang to Defend Strawweight Title

August 20th, 2019 Sportsbook, UFC

Above all UFC women’s straw-weight champion Jessica Andrade’s title fight against Weili Zhang is the main event on August 31, 2019.  UFC Fight Night Andrade vs. Zhang will take place in China.  As a result, the challenger Zhang will be fighting in her own back yard.  Andrade opened as a small UFC betting favorite in this title bout.  Additionally, there will be a total of nine bouts on the card.  Two welterweight bouts will be a focal point as well.  Consider Li Jingliang facing Elizeu Dos Santos.  And Song Kenan is matched up against Derrick Krantz.

UFC Fight Night Andrade vs. Zhang

Date and Time:Saturday, August 31, 2019
Location:Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena, Shenzhen Guangdong, China
Andrade vs. Zhang TV Coverage:ESPN+
Andrade vs. Zhang Betting Odds:Jessica Andrade -160 vs. Weili Zhang +140

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Andrade vs. Zhang Tale of the Tape

Defending champion Jessica Andrade (19-6) is five feet, one inch tall with a weight of 135 pounds.  Concurrently her reach is 62 inches with a leg reach of 35 inches.  Weili Zhang (19-1) stands at five feet, four inches tall with a weight of 115 pounds.  Overall her reach is 63 inches with a leg reach of 36 inches.  Andrade is 15th in the UFC pound for pound rankings.  By contrast, Zhang is ranked sixth in the women’s straw-weight rankings.  Zhang has 9 knockouts, 7 submissions, and 3 decision wins.  Andrade has 7 knockouts, 7 submissions, and 6 decision wins.

Andrade vs. Zhang Recent Form

Last time out for Andrade was a UFC Betting win over Rose Namajunas.  At stake was then UFC women’s straw-weight championship.  Furthermore, Andrade’s performance earned Performance and Fight of the Night honors.  This fight took place on May 11, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Prior to that on September 8, 2018, Andrade defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Dallas, Texas.   By contrast, Zhang has won all three of her UFC bouts since joining the circuit.  On March 2, 2019, Zang defeated Tecia Torres in Las Vegas in his latest fight.  At the beginning, she beat Danielle Taylor and Jessica Aguilar.

Andrade vs. Zhang By the Numbers

First, Jessica Andrade has won 32% of her sportsbook wins by knockout compared to 2% for Zhang.  Andrade has a submission win advantage of 37% to 1%.  Decisions go to Zang at 97% to 32%.  Likewise, Andrade lands 6.58 significant strikes per minute.  Zhang is at 5.49 in that category.  Andrade holds the significant strikes advantage at 51% to 46%.  Decidedly Andrade has a 5.04 to 2.17 significant strikes absorbed per minute rate.  Defense rate has Andrade at 51% compared to Zhang at 62%.


Jessica Andrade also has the grappling advantage in this matchup.  As an example, Andrade is at 3.2 takedowns per minute compared to 1.78 for Zhang.  Also, take down accuracy goes to Andrade at 58% to 30%.  Counter to that is Zhang’s submission average of 0.89 to 0.48 per 15 minutes.

Andrade vs. Zhang UFC Betting Picks

On this occasion, there will be a lot of UFC Betting hype about Zhang fighting at home.  Certainly, she has shown the ability to get this opportunity.  Andrade has a prove track record and holds the advantage in most statistical categories.  Most of all she has a much higher and longer track record of UFC success.

UFC Betting Pick: Jessica Andrade

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