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UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Lee Betting Odds and Preview

An absolutely stellar main event buoys an otherwise mediocre card, as the UFC sets up shop in Oklahoma City for UFC Fight Night 112 this Sunday. The main event features upstart lightweight fighters Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee facing off to see who is the future of the 155 lbs division.

The rest of the card features a couple of notable names but a lot of focus will be on BJ Penn, as the legendary Hawaiian makes the walk to the Octagon once again to take on Dennis Siver.

Michael Chiesa vs Kevin Lee

Chiesa (+110) is a dangerous fighter who enters this bout on a three-fight winning streak — two submissions and one decision. “Maverick” continues to grow as a striker with a continued progression toward using his length while standing. He has a good straight left and can throw some meaty leg kicks but his standup game is more built on toughness and aggression.

Chiesa’s striking is more of a complementary skill to get in close and initiate the clinch. Once in tight, the long Chiesa puts his typical height and reach advantage to good use by leveraging opponents into bad positions. He is capable of chewing up an opponent in the clinch but also has plenty of techniques to get a fight to the ground. Once on the mat, Chiesa is a killer. He thrives in scrambles and has the ability to almost always come out on top through the bedlam that can ensue. The Sik Jitsu team member is incredibly good at taking the back and locking in the rear naked choke, with seven submission victories coming from RNC.

Lee (-140) shares some similarities with Chiesa, as he uses his strikes more as a complement to his grappling. “The Motown Phenom” is hyper athletic and has a massive reach for a lightweight, both of which he uses well while standing. His style isn’t exactly fancy, but his meat-and-potatoes technique mixed with his volume creates a solid secondary skill set.

Lee’s top skill is his wrestling, as the former collegiate wrestler uses his explosive athleticism and long reach to get to his opponent’s legs. This is still his preferred method of attack and he can shoot from a distance too often, but his natural gifts can make up for that. Once on top, Lee can pass guard but it is mostly due to bursts of energy more than technique. This is not to say his technique isn’t good, but he is still just 24 years old. Much like his opponent, Lee is adept at getting the back and locking in the RNC.

This is a razor-thin fight. Both guys are young and knocking on the door of the elite in the lightweight division. These guys have quite a few similarities, both being grapplers with a quickly evolving striking arsenal. Lee and Chiesa have the potential to put on a fight of the year contender.

Other Notable Fights

The co-main event sees former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (-225) takes on hard-hitting Tim Boetsch (+175). “Bigg Rigg” still has the offensive skills that made him a champion in his heyday, as his kickboxing, clinch work and wrestling are a tough combination for opponents to deal with. Weight cuts are no longer an issue now that he has moved up, but he is still not very good defensively. Boetsch is a big, physical fighter who tries to overwhelm his opponents with his power. “The Barbarian” will push forward until he finds his range, looking to unload a massive combination. Aside from that, Boetsch doesn’t offer much in any one area, aside from his strength.

Now is the time we reluctantly talk about BJ Penn (+180) and Dennis Siver (-220). The last time Penn won a fight was November 2010 and his last outing was legitimately hard to watch, as Yair Rodriguez demolished him. He still has good technical ability and a sharp fight IQ but Father Time has taken a massive toll on “The Prodigy.” Penn doesn’t have the stiffest challenge in Siver, who has gone 1-3 with one no-contest in his past five fights. Siver is basically just a bulky kickboxer, as his wrestling has never been especially good but it may have gotten worse as he has aged. Honestly, this fight is paining me to talk about. Do yourself a favor and just don’t watch this.

UFC Fight Night 112: Michael Chiesa vs Kevin Lee Betting Odds
  • Michael Chiesa +110
  • Kevin Lee -140
Odds as of June 21 at Bovada
  • Johny Hendricks -225
  • Tim Boetsch +175
  • Felice Herrig -120
  • Justine Kish -110
  • Joachim Christensen +230
  • Dominick Reyes -300
  • Tim Means -230
  • Alex Garcia +180
  • BJ Penn +180
  • Dennis Siver -220
  • Clay Guida +230
  • Erik Koch -300
  • Vitor Miranda +265
  • Marvin Vettori -350
  • Carla Esparza -265
  • Maryna Moroz +205
  • Devin Powell +290
  • Darrell Horcher -380
  • Jared Gordon -140
  • Michel Quinones +110
  • Tony Martin -155
  • Johnny Case +125
  • Joshua Stansbury -190
  • Jeremy Kimball +155