Jeff Molina vs Daniel Lacerda Odds, Preview and Prediction, October 23 (10/23): UFC
- Oct 21, 2021, 4:25:04 PM
Credit: photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
|Time (Preliminary Card)||1:00 p.m. EST|
|Jeff Molina money line||-170|
|Daniel Lacerda money line||+145|
|Jeff Molina||Daniel Lacerda|
In the Flyweight division, we have a showdown between Jeff ‘El Jefe’ Molina and UFC debutant Daniel ‘Miojo’ Lacerda. After a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance in his UFC debut, Molina returns to the octagon in what could very well be another barnburner of a fight. Since starting out 1-2 in MMA, Molina has righted the ship, winning eight consecutive fights. Meanwhile, Lacerda comes into his UFC debut with high expectations. The Brazilian has won eleven of his twelve fights, all of which have come via stoppage. Only once has Lacerda seen a round two.
This is a must watch fight, as both men's skills clash in what could potentially be an instant classic. Jeff Molina is a workhorse. In his UFC debut, he landed 189 significant strikes. Even crazier, 127 of those significant strikes came in round three. An absolutely absurd amount of production so late into a fight. Daniel Lacerda doesn’t know anything about fighting in the later rounds though, as he has won ten of eleven wins in the first round. With a well rounded skill set, Lacerda has been just as dangerous on the ground as he is on the feet. The Brazilian is a legitimate prospect in the Flyweight division.
As for a prediction, I’m going to side with Molina. While the fight itself should be a close one, the nod to Molina ultimately comes from the unknown of Lacerda’s cardio. Having seen a round two only once just isn’t a good indicator of how Lacerda can handle a high paced fifteen minute fight. Throw in the fact that Molina has the ability to turn it up in the later rounds and I just have a hard time seeing the Brazilian prospect keep up. So with that said, I believe Molina weathers the early storm and takes home a close decision victory.
PICK: Jeff Molina (-170)
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