UFC Fight Night Las Vegas Betting Pick: Tafon Nchukwi vs Jun Yong Park

Tafon The Don! He’s back at it again after an incredibly impressive Octagon or should I say official UFC debut after a win on the Contender Series. Tafon tripled up a very skilled and game Jamie Pickett in his last fight 120-40 in significant strikes landed.

That is crazy to me considering that Jamie was the larger man in there by a decent margin. Tafon is very stocky so he will have to deal with fighters who have larger frames than him quite often.

His opponent on Saturday night, South Korea’s Jun Yong Park, will not be one of those guys, though. He will actually be the slightly smaller man in there against the muscled Tafon Nchukwi.

The South Korean star, Park, had a difficult start to his professional MMA career losing 3 of his first 6 fights but then put together 7 consecutive victories and that’s when the UFC called.

His first fight inside the Octagon came against Anthony Fluffy Hernandez who was able to wrap up Park in an anaconda choke for the late second round tap. Then, he got Marc Andre Barriult who is a very low level guy and Park who has nice hands was able to outbox the lumbering Canadian.

Next was John Phillips, a sloppy brawler with power from the UK. Park got the win but he didn’t do it with his hands. He showed solid fight IQ by taking the man down and dominating the fight from there.

Is he going to take down Tafon Nchukwi, though?

I don’t see it. Tafon gets looks from far better grapplers on a daily basis training in the DMV, the DC Metro “Errea”. There are many branches that reach out to all the suburbs there that came from Leo Dalla and then Lloyd Irvin.

I was in that tree for a while and it was the best Jiu Jitsu training I have ever had. I just couldn’t stand the traffic there. Tafon is legit and Park isn’t. The betting odds from BetOnline.AG are off for this fight and we are going to attack them.

Tafon Nchukwi (-135) vs Jun Yong Park (+115)

Did I mention I am in love with these betting odds? I am still trying to figure out how Tafon Nchukwi isn’t at the least a 2 to 1 favorite in this fight with Jun Yong Park. Can anyone help me out here?

Please Note:
I haven’t listened to any other professional opinions about this and I am curious to hear what successful cappers have to say but if all of them said Park, I would still hammer The Don just as hard.

Nchukwi is a fighter the UFC definitely wants to push and Park is good fodder for him right now. They don’t think the South Korean will be able to take him down or be able to hang on the feet. The Turtle, Park, will have a speed advantage in this fight but I love the timing from Nchuckwi to counter that.

He is only 5-0 in his professional career but I thought he did a great job of standing his ground and moving forward on a larger fighter in Jamie Pickett. I would line Pickett at maybe (-120) over Park. Tafon skipped dinner and smoked Pickett instead.

Give me the Cameroonian star to continue to follow in the footsteps of the UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World, Francis Ngannou.

I think the price tag here is simply irresistible. Who doesn’t like Robert Palmer, right? Underrated and undervalued! Just like Tafon The Don Nchukwi here in his fight with South Korea’s Jun Yong Park.


The Bet

In Conclusion

This will be a fun fight for as long as it lasts. The sportsbooks have the over/under round total set at 2.5 with a slight lean towards the over. The fight is mas o menos 50/50 to go to the judges’ scorecards.

I am on The Don here and in a big way. If I had to line this fight, I would say that Tafon Nchukwi wins 7 out of 10 times. That sounds astronomical when you see how close this line is.

I understand that he is just 5-0.

Styles make fights, though, and Park doesn’t have the power to hurt him. He doesn’t have the wrestling to take down the Judoka, Nchukwi. Park has the boxing to maybe circle circle circle and then dart in with some quick straight punches.

That is his only route to victory, though, in my opinion. Tafon, conversely, showed that even though he is a power striker, he can also throw with a great deal of volume over three rounds.

  • Total strikes against Jamie Picket in his UFC debut: 159/234. That’s freaking outstanding!
  • Significant strikes: 120/187! That is freaking outstanding!

He did get hit 40 out of 80 times in significant strikes in that fight but when you are giving it right back X3…

You are most likely good.

The only thing that beats you then is a knockout or takedowns and top control which I don’t think Park has at a high enough level to threaten The Don.

I am going to say three units on Nchukwi here but if you want to throw 5 on the man, I’m not mad at you.

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.

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