This Women’s Flyweight (125 lb) Division fight is part of the ongoing Main Card of UFC Fight Night on ESPN+. Tatiana Suarez will make her long-awaited return to the octagon to face competitive challenger Montana De La Rosa after spending three years and eight months away from it. See our Suarez-De La Rosa prediction and pick in our UFC odds series.
Tatiana Suarez has an 8-0 record in her brief MMA career and is unbeaten. On June 8, 2019, she had her most recent fight, winning easily over Nina Nunes. Before that, she defeated opponents like Carla Esparza, Alexa Grasso, and Amanda Cooper to rank second among the strawweight.
Later, she suffered numerous knee problems that forced her to give up her job and sent her on a long path of surgery and recovery work. She is eager to participate in this fight after finally feeling well. Suarez has a 66-inch reach and is 5’5″ tall.
Montana De La Rosa has a professional record of 12-7 and a UFC record of 5-3. Eight of her victories have been obtained through submission, however, she has failed to do so in her previous five contests. She lost her most recent fight to Maycee Barber by unanimous decision. She will try to get back on track as she confronts a potentially rusty opponent. De La Rosa has a 68-inch reach and is 5’7″ tall.
UFC Odds: Tatiana Suarez-Montana De La Rosa
(-770) Tatiana Suarez
(+540) Montana De La Rosa
Will the Battle Go Far? YES: -118
Will the Battle Go Far? NO: -106
Where to Watch Tatiana Suarez vs. Montana De La Rosa
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT (Main Card)
Reasons Why Tatiana Suarez Will Win
Tatiana Suarez was on a tear through the strawweight division before her break. She was on her way to a chance to battle for a title and even hoped to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.
The best wrestling game in the world belongs to Suarez. She exerts intense top pressure and uses ground-and-pound to suffocate her opponents. She enjoys tying up her opponents on the ground by controlling their wrists. Suarez also has a wide range of submissions she may assault, so if she manages to seize control of De La Rosa, the fight might be over quickly.
Reasons Why Montana De La Rosa Will Win
In a lot of her matches, Montana De La Rosa has had the opportunity to show off her striking prowess. She is a patient striker who would watch for opportunities before launching precise shots.
Although she doesn’t have a lot of power, she excels at stringing together combinations and landing in groups. As eight of her victories have been by submission, she performs at her best on the ground. De La Rosa will most likely have to defend against a takedown in this one, so anticipate her to work her defense and go for submissions if she gets to her back.
De La Rosa will be significantly outmatched in the area of wrestling. She may, however, be the more confident striker there, given that she last fought and was active just nine months ago. With her comeback, De La Rosa will need to be shrewd and confront Suarez.
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