UPDATE 6:56 pm: Casey Kenney wins by submission at 3:03 of the first round. It’s his first stoppage in the UFC.
MMA returns on Saturday, May 30th with UFC on ESPN 9. The 11-fight card gets underway at 6 p.m. ET, and is headlined by Tyrone Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns in a matchup of welterweight contenders.
The preliminary card features a bantamweight fight between Louis Smolka and Casey Kenney. Smolka is coming off a TKO victory over Ryan MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 158 last September. Kenney is coming off a decision loss at UFC Fight 167 in February to Merab Dvalishvili.
Smolka is 16-6 with seven wins by KO/TKO, seven by submission and two by decisionb. His six losses include two submissions and four decisions. He is currently averaging 4.22 significant strikes per minute and absorbing 3.47. He is averaging 1.65 takedowns with 34 percent takedown accuracy.
Kenney is 13-2-1 in his pro career. He has two wins by KO/TKO, four by submission and seven by decision. His two losses were both decisions. He is currently averaging 2.67 significant strikes per minute and absorbing 5.33. He is averaging 1.33 takedowns with 80 percent takedown accuracy.
Louis Smolka: +225
Casey Kenney: -305
Louis Smolka: $7,100
Casey Kenney: $9,100