The biggest upcoming UFC fight this weekend is the main event between ranked bantamweights Song Yadong and Chris Gutierrez. These two will be putting high-level mixed martial arts on display for the world to see inside of that UFC APEX octagon.
Read more for the official Yadong vs. Gutierrez prediction, along with how we make the UFC expert picks before betting on these MMA fights this weekend.
Yadong vs. Gutierrez Picks
- Pick: Yadong to win by KO/TKO
Song Yadong vs. Chris Gutierrez Information
Song Yadong vs Chris Gutierrez
Location of the fight: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Date & Time: December 09, 2023. 10 PM ET main card start
How to Watch: ESPN+
Last Fight Record
Yadong is coming off a TKO win over Ricky Simon in a main event bout last April.
Gutierrez is coming off a decision win over Heili Alateng in October.
Yadong vs. Gutierrez Betting Analysis
Yadong is a Chinese mixed martial artist with a professional MMA record of 20-7-1, including 9 TKO/KO wins and 3 submissions at only 26 years old. He started MMA at 13 years old and made his professional debut before his 16th birthday. In only a short time, he already has 6 post-fight bonuses in the UFC and is tied with Eddie Wineland with the 5th most KOs in UFC bantamweight history.
While in the octagon, Yadong averages 4.61 significant strikes landed and 3.77 of them absorbed per minute. He also holds a solid 72% takedown defense, having a strong, solid 5’8” frame with a 67” reach.
Gutierrez is an American mixed martial artist with a professional record of 20-5-2 with 9 TKO/KO victories and 1 submission under his belt. At the age of 32, he has won two bantamweight titles in regional promotions and has one UFC post-fight bonus so far.
“El Guapo” is listed as a 5’9” fighter with a 67” reach and he switches stances constantly. In the octagon, Gutierrez averages an impressive 5.04 significant strikes landed and 2.73 absorbed per minute. He also has a similar takedown defense to Yadong at 71%.
No injuries have been reported to the UFC or ESPN.
Yadong vs. Gutierrez Betting Preview
In order to make the proper Yadong vs. Gutierrez prediction, we need to dig deeper and preview the betting lines along with studying as much film as possible on these two high-level martial artists.
According to the available UFC odds, Yadong is surprisingly coming in as the massive -370 betting favorite over a talented Gutierrez at +295. These one-sided odds are very interesting to see since Gutierrez is a world-class talent himself and the sport of MMA is so unpredictable.
Are the oddsmakers way off? Or do they know something that we don’t? This is something we will have to put on the backburner and look at this as a 50/50 matchup. The sport of MMA is almost always 50/50 at this high of a level.
In terms of styles, you can expect to see a very cool kickboxing fight on Saturday night. Yadong might mix in wrestling if he can’t find a home for his strikes, but both of these guys want to strike. This has the chance to be one of the best fights you’ve seen on the 2023 UFC schedule.
Yadong is the more physically imposing athlete who relies on his pressure and speed to wear on opponents over time and ultimately get them out of there later in the fight after they have accumulated too much damage.
Gutierrez is the more calculated pure striker who likes to sit back and counter opponents from the outside. He has an impressive plethora of kicking techniques that will be interesting to see how they are used on Saturday night to combat the constant pressure of Yadong.
Yadong vs. Gutierrez Betting Prediction
After an in-depth analysis of statistics, film, and betting lines, we have arrived at a quality UFC bet to make. The official Yadong vs. Gutierrez prediction is that Yadong will get his hand raised.
The bet to make is taking Yadong to do so inside the distance, or outright by TKO/KO. You can get better odds with those picks and it’s a big possibility this will be how this bout plays.
Yadong is going to fight with a lot of pressure and physicality; which will be very difficult for Gutierrez to handle over 25 minutes. Expect a late-round finish by Yadong.
- Pick: Yadong to win by KO/TKO