Octagon Cynosure featuring ‘Luis Pena’: UFC Fight Night 161 betting predictions & UFC tips


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:28 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 3:28 PM UTC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) takes the crew from Australia back home to the good ole USA; UFC Tampa, will play host to 14 fights this weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida.
<div><h2> </h2><div><div style="text-align:center"><h2>Luis Pena vs Matt Frevola</h2></div><div style="text-align:center"> </div></div><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/luis-pena-vs-matt-frevola-3933091/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Luis Pena vs Matt Frevola Odds Board"><strong>Sunday 13<sup>th</sup>, Oct 2019</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><h2>Luis Pena</h2><p>Rising (UFC) lightweight prospect ‘Luis Pena’ has shown huge growth in such a small amount of time as a professional mixed martial artist. Since winning ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated’ in the summer of 2018, Pena has only fallen short in his official UFC debut. Opposing him in the octagon this weekend at UFC Fight Night Tampa will be Longo/Weidman student, Matt Frevola. Let’s take a closer look at ‘Violent Bob Ross’.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/luis-pena-matt-wiman-ufc-on-espn-plus-12-3.jpg?w=1000&amp;h=666" style="width:90%" /></p><p>His early mixed martial arts career began in 2014, Pena compiled an amateur record of 5-2 before finally making his professional debut which he went onto win by first-round knockout. July 2018 would see Pena in his first official fight under the UFC banner. The nerveless ‘Violent Bob Ross’ ended Richie Smullen inside the first round to secure a UFC contract and became ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ champion.</p><p>Team Cormier didn’t stop supporting Luis Pena after his ultimate fighter venture. When he earnt himself a job for the biggest mixed martial arts company on the planet, an invite to training with Daniel Cormier full time at the American Kickboxing Academy was presented. Luis Pena had the core skills from the beginning and with AKA backing him, we should only expect Pena’s skill-set to improve from fight to fight. AKA provides some of the best wrestling coaches on the planet, surrounding yourself with Khabib &amp; Cormier presents the evolving fighters with experience unobtainable anywhere else.</p><p>Aged 26, Pena has heaps of experience around the highest level of fighter. We can’t fathom how talented Pena could be in the years to come. Riding his two-fight win streak into Tampa Bay should’ve reinvigorated the confidence Pena needs early on in his career.</p><h2> </h2><h2>Fight Talk</h2><p>A clear advantage for Pena heading into this contest will be his size. Height and reach usually favour Pena in the majority of his fights when cutting down to lightweight. A five-inch reach advantage shouldn’t be taken lightly. Especially, considering Pena will step into this fight as the more proficient striker. A 6ft 3” fighter against a 5ft 9” fighter should also be taken into consideration and although I understand that size isn’t everything, these are some huge advantages in favour of Pena.</p><p>The long-limbed underrated wrestling of Pena might cause more problems than expected. We’ve seen Pena taken down but other than the wrestling of Mike Trizano, nobody else has had success keeping Pena on the ground. Pena has wrestled since school and since the Trizano loss, I have no doubt he’s going to continue evolving his wrestling offence/defence whilst surrounded by the elite wrestling mentors at AKA.</p><p>I have no doubt that Matt Frevola will bring his A-game. Based on the footage available in Matt’s archive, I sense he will bite down on that mouth-piece and swing for the fences. This plan of attack may have fared well in the past but, a technical striker on the level of Pena will piece up Matt.</p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/xG1g9qCplIg\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>The Outcome</h2><p>This fight is expected to be a barn-burner and in all likelihood the chances that ‘fight of the night’ awards head towards this direction are high.</p><p>The fluent striking, movement and distance will cause Matt problems from the starting point. The striking battle is where Matt will lose the majority of this fight and if he walks down Pena like he’s done to previous opponents he’ll be in trouble. The up-kicks and creative centre strikes from Pena could put Matt to sleep with one false move.</p><p>The chin of Matt Frevola was tested against Marco Polo Reyes who in my opinion, doesn’t touch Pena when contemplating skill level of any kind. The path to victory for Matt is clear, a lucky knockout or non-stop forward pressure may be the only chance for Matt in this fight.</p><p>Handle the pressure, wait for the inevitable cardio loss. I think Matt is in against his depth for this lightweight content.</p><p style="text-align:center">UFC Fight Night 161 takes place on Saturday 12th October live from Tampa Bay, Florida.</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>UFC Fight Night Tampa Prediction:</strong> <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">1.5u on Luis Pena @ [1.61] [-165] with Bet365</a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&amp;a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/970x250_2.jpeg" style="width:100%" /></a></p></div>
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