UFC Lightweight bout: Jeremy Stephens vs. Marcus Davis
Betting Pick: Davis
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In a fight that promises some serious fireworks, dynamic strikers Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens and Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis will square off in Davis’ Lightweight debut. Stephens is a very good striker, but Davis is extremely formidable. The big question is how Davis will handle the weight cut, and whether it will affect his speed or power.
Jeremy Stephens is an extremely tough brawler with solid wrestling and very heavy hands. In recent bouts he has had mixed results, so this is a huge fight for him if he wants to keep his roster spot with all of WEC’s lightweights incoming. Stephens always has a puncher’s chance, but it is unlikely that he will be able to outbox Davis for any period of time or that he will have much luck forcing Davis into a ground game.
Davis is a very dynamic striker with good accuracy and power who also has a solid ground game. He had mixed results at Welterweight, so he is making his first appearance at 155. As long as he plays it safe and doesn’t let Stephens drag him into a wild brawl, he should have more than enough technique to outbox Stephens easily.
I think this one should be all Davis unless the weight cut affects him disastrously. He is the superior striker, the stronger guy, and he should be able to prevent Stephens from taking this fight anywhere he doesn’t want it to go. I expect Davis to control this one bell to bell for the decision win.
Prediction: Marcus Davis via Unanimous Decision.