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Blake Bilder vs. Jeong Yeong Lee

February 3, 2024


 

UFC Fight Night 235 presents exciting matchups, with one worth checking out being a featherweight showdown between Blake Bilder and Jeong Yeong Lee in the preliminary card at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, set for Saturday, February 3, kicking off at 4:00 PM ET. Lee is slightly favored with a -160 moneyline.

Blake Bilder Betting Preview

Bilder recently had his eight-fight win streak snapped in his last battle and was his first loss of his career. This was a unanimous decision defeat against Kyle Nelson back at UFC 289 in June of last year.

He has achieved eight victories, including one knockout, four submissions, and three decisions. Notably, three of his wins happened in the first round. Can he bounce back after experiencing his first defeat?

Known as "El Animal," he maintains a 50 percent striking accuracy and a 10 percent success rate in takedowns. On average, he lands 4.96 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.54, resulting in a slightly positive significant strike ratio.

Per 15 minutes, he secures 0.45 takedowns and 0.90 submissions. His defensive skills showcase a 57 percent success rate against significant strikes and a 100 percent success rate against takedowns.

Jeong Yeong Lee Betting Preview

Lee has won his last seven fights and is currently 3-0 in UFC battles. His most recent success was a split decision over Zha Yi back at UFC Fight Night 218 in February of last year.

He has put up 10 professional victories, including four knockouts, three submissions, and three decisions. Noteworthy is that five of these wins concluded in the first round. His only defeat was via decision.

Displaying an impressive 48 percent striking accuracy and no takedowns attempted, he maintains an average of 2.39 significant strikes per minute with an absorption rate of 1.84. This yields a slightly positive differential, potentially impactful.

In terms of ground performance, he has not executed takedowns but averages 0.92 submissions per 15 minutes in the UFC. Additionally, he showcases a 56 percent defense against significant strikes and a 74 percent takedown defense.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

Bookmaker presents enticing UFC betting odds for this bout, favoring Jeong Yeong Lee as a slight favorite for victory (-160). Both fighters showcase strong credentials on paper, promising an exciting matchup for spectators.

Lee has arguably shown better success with his three battles in the UFC, but they are considered “warm up” fights in comparison to the competition he will be facing soon. He does not offer anything flashy, but he gets the job done. Bilder is a bit aggressive in his striking, which could push this fight in his favor, but he also takes on quite a bit in return.

Final Pick: Jeong Yeong Lee -160