UFC Fight Night 171: Tyron Woodley vs Leon Edwards Odds & Picks


Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley
19-4-1
4:00 pm ET, Saturday, March 21, 2020
O2 Arena London Royaume-Uni
Leon Edwards
Leon Edwards
18-3-0
TV: ESPN+, TSN
UFC Fight Night 171: Tyron Woodley vs Leon Edwards Odds & Picks

In the main event of UFC Fight Night 171, former UFC welterweight champion looks to get back on the winning track after a devastating defeat to Kamaru Usman. Tyron will square up against Leon Edwards who is on a tear in the welterweight division, currently riding on an 8-fight win streak. Will we see Woodley get his belt back? Or will the new contender manage to defeat the former champion?

Tyron Woodley is a fairly composed fighter. He holds 7 (37%) wins by KO/TKO, 5 (26%) wins by submission and 7 (37%) wins by decision. One of his most impressive performances against Darren Till also showed how well-rounded he is as a mixed martial artist. In that fight, Woodley made easy work of Till, as he knocked him down and submitted him in early stages of the second round, without absorbing any punches whatsoever. Woodley has also shown that he can go toe to toe with one of the best strikers in the UFC, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Leon “Rocky” Edwards is currently on an 8-fight win streak against decent competition in the welterweight division. He’s fought and beat the likes of Gunnar Nelson, Rafael Dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone, and Vicente Luque. Edwards’ last loss came against Kamaru Usman back in December of 2015. Besides that loss, Edwards has lost a narrow split decision as well as a DQ loss due to an illegal knee.

Tyron Woodley Tale of the tape Leon Edwards
37 Age 28
1.75 m Height 1.88 m
77.1 kg Weight 77.1 kg
188 cm Reach 188 cm

Prediction

Despite being on a great win streak, Edwards has never faced anyone at the level of Woodley, not counting current champion Kamaru Usman. Stylistically, Edwards also hasn’t faced a well-rounded opponent like Woodley who has heavy hands and great grappling. Woodley’s takedown defense at 92% will also allow him to dictate where the fight takes place, and striking with Woodley is a nightmare for any man. Woodley can win any way he wants: KO, submission or decision, whereas Edwards pretty much only has a shot of beating Woodley by a decision.

Also, Tyron has experience against technical fighters Stephen Thompson and Darren Till. Thompson, who holds superior striking stats than Edwards in most categories, was a tough fight for Woodley, but Woodley managed to get the better of “Wonderboy” in their two fights. Edwards is a great contender, but he’s simply no match for “The Chosen One”.

Pick:  Tyron Woodley +125

Woodley vs Edwards Odds

Hour Team Opening BOVADA.LV BetOnline Intertops
2:00p
Tyron Woodley
Leon Edwards
draw
2:00p
Darren Stewart
Marvin Vettori
draw
2:00p
Paul Craig
Ryan Spann
draw
2:00p
Ashlee Evans-Smith
Molly McCann
draw
2:00p
John Phillips
Dusko Todorovic
draw
2:00p
Tom Aspinall
Raphael Pessoa
draw

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