Veteran bantamweights Raphael Assunção and Victor Henry face off in a three-round encounter that is part of the preliminary card of the UFC Fight Night 212 on Saturday, October 15. Matches in the preliminaries begin at 4:00 PM ET at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN+ will cover the matches on live television while UFC Fight Pass will feature the showdown on live streaming. Assunção wants to end his four-fight losing skid as he takes on Henry, who aims to follow up on his unanimous decision win over Raoni Barcelos in January. Online sports betting experts see this as a toss up with Assunção banking on his experience to eke out a win over fellow veteran Henry, who will make his second UFC fight after spending most of his mixed martial arts career in the independent circuit.
UFC Fight Night 212: Raphael Assunção vs Victor Henry Betting Information
A veteran of 36 fights, Assunção (27-9, 11-6 UFC) will look to end his four-game slide and get back on track in the bantamweight category. The Brazilian has battled the likes of Cody Garbrandt, Marlon Moraes, TJ Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling and Urijah Faber and a win against Henry will put him in bigger fights up ahead. Assunção is more of a submission expert with his Brazilian jiu-jitsu background as he has collected 10 victories via tap-out. The Brazilian will fight a durable fighter who has not lost by stoppage.
In his second fight in the UFC, Henry (22-5, 1-0 UFC) will be paired with a Brazilian veteran who has squared off with the greats and wanted to make a graceful exit in his well-decorated career. The fighter known as “La Mangosta” won his first UFC bout against Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision. He seeks to make it two in a row against Assunção and improve his chances of fighting the best fighters in the 135-pound division. The 35-year-old fighter had stints in Russia, Japan and fought in minor MMA leagues in the US before securing a UFC contract. He will try to show everyone that his last performance is no fluke and a win over Assunção will be great in his career.
Raphael Assunção vs Victor Henry Betting Numbers
|Height||5′ 5″||5′ 7″|
|Weight||135 lbs.||135 lbs.|
|Win by KO/TKO||15%||27%|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.20||12.07|
|Striking Absorbed Per Minute||2.34||8.93|
Assunção vs Henry Summary
This is a battle of battle-scarred fighters who have stopped a combined 28 fighters in the ring. Assunção has the advantage in experience, according to online MMA fight picks but Henry can top that with his skills. It could likely end up on the mat and both fighters last the distance out of respect to each other’s abilities. Henry is expected to use his striking ability to defeat his foe while Assunção is expected to use his BJJ and muay thai skills to outclass his American rival. The American might end up winning via split decision if the match goes to the judges after three rounds.
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