Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez (11-2-0) fights Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens (28-16-0) in a featherweight bout in what is billed as the Main Event at UFC Fight Night 159 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City on Saturday evening.
The 26 year-old Mexican Yair Rodriguez is coming off a win last November over Chan Sung Jung, where he landed a last-second elbow to defeat the “Korean Zombie”.
The 33 year-old American Jeremy Stephens is coming off a unanimous decision loss in March to the Russian Zabit Magomedsharipov. Stephens is an aggressive fighter who is more than capable of ending a contest quickly with his power striking.
Yair Rodriguez vs Jeremy Stephens Betting Lines & Predictions
Looking at UFC Fight Night 159 predictions going into this bout, there is almost nothing to choose between these fighters as far as the betting lines are concerned. Stephens has lost seven of his last 12 fights, although despite having had 16 losses in total, he has only been knocked out twice in his career.
Our UFC betting tip will be for Rodriguez to win on the basis that he is fighting in front of home support and at altitude, which could impact Stephens in his first fight south of the border. Rodriguez also has the momentum with recent results and is the taller and more athletic fighter, which should also help his cause in these conditions.
In the Fight Result betting odds, Rodriguez is available at odds of -110 (1.91) with bet365, with Stephens at +100 (2.00) with Sports Interaction. The Mexican is the pick to claim the win in this one.
UFC Fight Night 159 Picks: Fight Result – Yair Rodriguez to Win @ -110 (1.91) with bet365