UFC Picks Feature Loma Lookboonmee as Hot Prospect of the Week

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Join us as we preview a hot UFC prospect from this week’s UFC Vegas 60: Sandhagen vs. Song MMA event.

Read on for our complete UFC Vegas 60 betting guide, taking a first look at our hottest prospect of the week, Loma Lookboonmee, and her opponent, Denis Gomes and including updated UFC odds  and our free expert UFC betting picks.

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Loma Lookboonmee vs. Denise Gomes

UFC Vegas 60 Women’s Strawweight Bout

Saturday, September 17, 2022 – 06:00 PM EDT at UFC Apex

Loma Lookboonmee

  • Pro MMA Record: (6-3-0) (1 KO, 5 decisions)

25-year-old Loma Lookboonmee is an elite-level muay thai practitioner that owns countless belts, medals, and awards in the sport in her home country of Thailand. Lookboonmee possesses a lifelong skill in muay thai that's evolved in the country that birthed the sport.

Since her childhood, she has competed in muay thai. Although she's undoubtedly had some struggles versus grapplers in the UFC, her striking offense is notably of a top-tier caliber, instantly notable once the cage door closes.

Competitive combat sports have been engrained into Lookboonmee since the tender age of 7, and due to the lack of female presence in muay thai, she would regularly compete against boys.

Following a decorated Muay Thai career and an 8-fight stint as a professional boxer, Lookboonmee transitioned to MMA under the tutelage of the highly respected George Hickman at the Tiger Muay Thai gym. She has since refined her skillset to involve more grappling skills and has notably displayed this evolution in her most recent bouts.

Loma Lookboonmee: Fighting Analysis

As previously mentioned, Lookboonmee is primarily a striker who stems from an extensive background in muay thai kickboxing. So, of course, the Thai strawweight excels in the clinch and striking at a distance with a mixture of kicks.

Due to her diminutive height, Loma regularly gives up a size disadvantage, but her low center of gravity assists in delivering some vicious leg kicks.

She enjoys throwing the push kick to prevent the oncoming opposition, and overall, her muay thai skills are challenging to overcome for any strawweight.

Lookboonmee vs. Gomes: Betting Pick and Odds

Denise Gomes (6-1-0) will make her UFC debut on short notice after earning a contract three weeks ago. Too much too soon?

Similar to her opponent, Gomes is primarily a muay thai striker. However, aged 22, the experience and promotional debut could go against the Mexican once the UFC spotlights shine down in the Apex.

Output, elbows in the clinch, nicely timed push kicks, and experience are some of the critical factors I expect to favor Lookboonmee. It could end in a sticky split decision, but ultimately, I believe the favorite will receive the nod.

The UFC Vegas 60 betting odds at top-rated sportsbooks saw Lookboonmee open as -275; this price has since declined as a % of the money is coming in on the underdog. This is ideal for Lookboonmee backers as we're receiving an even greater price than the oddsmakers initially gave us.

UFC Pick: Lookboonmee Wins on Points (-140) [1.40u returns 1u] at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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