Two veteran top-class grapplers go head-to-head in a Welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 162 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang in Singapore on Saturday night (local time), with Demian Maia (27-9-0) taking on Ben “Funky” Askren (19-1-0, 1NC).
The Brazilian Maia is 42 years-old on 6th November, but has proven in 2019 that he is still a leading contender at Welterweight in UFC. His last fight in June resulted in a Majority Decision win over Anthony Rocco Martin and that followed a 1st Round win over Lyman Good in February.
Those wins have eased doubts as to Maia’s future in the Octagon, after he went down to three straight Unanimous Decision losses to Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman (all elite fighters) prior to beating Good.
Askren’s last bout was spectacular in the extreme, but for all the wrong reasons as far as the 35 year-old American was concerned as Jorge Masvidal’s flying knee ended the fight after precisely five seconds with a KO. That loss in July was the first of Askren’s professional career.
The fight against Masvidal was only the second in the UFC for Askren, who is a former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight title-holder. His Octagon debut was also eventful, culminating in a controversial bulldog choke finish to beat Robbie Lawler.
In terms of UFC Fight Night tips, what Demian Maia lacks in youth and striking power, he makes up for on the mat, experience and perhaps an overall more rounded fight game than his opponent. He’s the slight underdog in this bout and that’s enough, coupled with doubts as to how Ben Askren will react to his first loss, to make him the tip to edge this.
UFC Fight Night Tips: Fight Result – Demian Maia to Win @ +150 (2.50) with bet365