October 08, 2021 10:20 AM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Lupita Godinez vs Silvana Gomez Juarez at UFC Vegas 39

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When is UFC Vegas 39? Saturday 9th October, 2021 -19:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 39? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 39? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 39 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 39? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Lupita Godinez (5-1) returns after her battle with Jessica Penne on her UFC debut. Penne returned after four years out of the game and it was a hard-fought battle but Godinez fell on the wrong side of a super tight split decision. It was the first loss of her professional career, but she has potential as we saw in her headline fight with Vanessa Demopoulos for the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) where she won a majority decision.

Silvana Gomez Juarez (10-2) steps up on short notice replacing Sam Hughes after her coach tested positive for COVID-19. She was originally lined up for an audition on the Contender Series next week against Maria Silva. She has not been terribly active, but she has fought some talented fighters and is on a three-fight win streak. She has losses to Poliana Botelho and Ariane Lipski but has responded to the Lipski loss with a unanimous decision over Saray Orozco (2019)) and TKO’s over Diana Reyes (2020) and Gilsely Perea (2021).


Juarez steps up on short notice, but she was prepared and ready for a scrap. She is a tough fighter and although Godinez is a more difficult challenge, she will not look out of place in the octagon.

However, she will need some urgency here to prevent Godinez dictating the tempo. She prefers to strike but tends to stay on the back foot and throw singular strikes. If she starts this fight in a similar style, Godinez will be able to time her takedowns and drag her to the ground.

We expect Godinez’s pace and pressure to be too much for the Argentinian. She can overwhelm Juarez with her volume on the feet and find the takedown with relative ease. Juarez should drag this to a decision but if Godniez takes her down early, it will be a long night for her which could end in a late finish.

Prediction: Godinez via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

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