UFC 279 Odds, Pick & Prediction for Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez: Look to Live Bet ‘The Leech’ (Saturday, September 10)

UFC 279 Odds, Pick & Prediction for Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez: Look to Live Bet ‘The Leech’ (Saturday, September 10) article feature image

Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC. Pictured: UFC welterweight Li Jingliang

  • After their original opponents were rebooked, Li Jingliang now meets Daniel Rodriguez at UFC 279.
  • The 180-pound catchweight fight is part of the PPV main card.
  • Sean Zerillo explains why and how he's waiting to live bet this clash of strikers.

Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez Odds

Jingliang Odds
Rodriguez Odds
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
11 p.m. ET
ESPN+ Pay-per-view
Odds as of Friday and via FanDuel.

After Friday's UFC 279 main-card shakeup, Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez have new opponents and are now scheduled to fight each other in a 180-pound catchweight affair.

Jingliang originally was slated to fight Tony Ferguson in a welterweight co-headliner. Rodriguez, meanwhile, said goodbye to his bout with Kevin Holland at 180.

Now, the odd-men out tangle in an intriguing clash of styles of sizes.

Let's preview the matchup and look for betting angles.

Tale of the Tape

Avg. Fight Time10:2011:14
Weight (pounds)170 lbs.170 lbs.
Reach (inches)71"74"
Date of birth3/20/198812/31/1986
Sig Strikes Per Min4.398.06
SS Accuracy42%50%
SS Absorbed Per Min3.665.38
SS Defense58%57%
Take Down Avg1.270.84
TD Acc40%55%
TD Def60%76%
Submission Avg0.00.2

"The Leech" got a raw deal out of Saturday's rebookings, moving from a significant -300 favorite (75% implied) against Tony Ferguson to a 43.5% underdog against Rodriguez – a drop of more than 30% in implied win probability.

Moreover, he'll have to face a man who weighed 8.5 pounds heavier than he did on Friday. Rodriguez is the naturally larger man (1 inch taller with a three-inch reach advantage), and that size differential could be more pronounced after their differing weight cuts.

Moreover, Jingliang will have to face a southpaw for the second time in his UFC career (lost to Keita Nakamura in 2015), but without the benefit of an entire training camp against southpaw sparring partners.

Rodriguez puts volume on all his opponents (16.12 strike attempts per minute), while Li is far more calculated in his approach (10.45 attempts per minute). Still, the Leech likely has a power advantage and may possess a wrestling advantage, too (3.18 takedown attempts per 15 minutes, 40% accuracy).

If Jingliang mixes his grappling alongside his striking and turns this matchup into a proper MMA fight, he could outperform his underdog pricetag.

And given his power advantage, I'd say he has more finishing equity, with the upside to swing rounds in his favor by landing the most impactful strike, despite a likely deficit in overall output.

Jingliang vs. Rodriguez Pick

I don't see value on either side of the moneyline or the total. However, I would bet Li at odds of +150 (40% implied) or better, at a 2% edge compared to my projection.

Rodriguez by decision (projected +165, listed +170 at FanDuel), stood out in the winning method market. However, there's not enough value for me to place a bet.

Instead, I'll look to bet Jingliang live after Round 1. He tends to start slow and build his way into his fights. And I expect Rodriguez to win Round 1 at a relatively high clip, mainly as Jingliang adjusts to his southpaw stance.

As a result, you may get a live price nearer to +250 or +300 on Jingliang after the opening frame. And I'm happy to wait for the peak.

The Pick: Li Jingliang Live after Round 1

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