UFC Vegas #17 Betting Prediction: Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos

After many fights have been rescheduled or postponed recently for the UFC, one fight successfully landed for this event. On the main card, you can finally catch Gillian Robertson and Taila Santos.

Date: Sat, Dec 19, 6:00 PM

Venue: UFC Apex

Watch on: ESPN+

Betting Preview: Gillian Robertson (9-4-0)

Robertson is stepping into this fight, currently ranking as the 13th best fighter in the women’s flyweight division. She is also on a two-fight winning streak, with both of those bouts occurring in 2020.

Her fighting resume shows that she has one win by knockout, six by submission, and two by decision. She also has two first-round finishes, with both of them being submissions.

“The Savage” has a striking accuracy at 51% and a grappling accuracy at 50%. She lands 2.39 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.17. This is a great ratio while also keeping her volume low on both sides.

Robertson does not yet have a takedown defense but defends against significant strikes at 54%. She also averages 3.25 takedowns and 0.90 submissions every 15 minutes.

Betting Preview: Taila Santos (16-1-0)

Santos is attempting to start another winning streak similar to the 15-0 she recently put up. With a recent loss in 2019, she was able to land a unanimous decision victory back in July against Molly McCann.

Her fighting resume shows that she has ten wins by knockout, two by submission, and four by decision. She also has 11 first-round finishes with a combined effort of knockouts and submissions.

She has a striking accuracy at 46% and a grappling accuracy at 77%. She lands 4.09 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.76. This is an excellent ratio if she can continue to average this in the UFC.

Santos has a takedown defense at 83% and a significant strike defense at 60%. She also averages 2.33 takedowns and 1.00 submissions every 15 minutes.

Robertson vs. Santos Betting Odds & Lines

The market has this one nearly a coin flip for the outcome. For the moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:

  • Robertson: -105
  • Santos: -115

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Both of these fighters deserve some credit for how well they have performed thus far into their careers. Robertson has had nearly eight fights in the UFC, while Santos has only had three.

They both can finish this fight early, with the more real threat coming from Santos. She has been able to end multiple fights with her knockout ability and submissions.

Robertson has been great too, but most of her fights usually last a few rounds before she is able to close the door. No reason to worry, but she has just not had as much success in closing it in the first round. Overall, Santos looks appealing in this matchup.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Santos wins via decision, at -115

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