Nunes vs. Pennington: UFC 224 Main Card Odds and Predictions

Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes recorded the third defense of her bantamweight title on Saturday, as she knocked out Raquel Pennington in the fifth round of a dominant performance at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro.

Amanda Nunes' UFC women's bantamweight championship reign has consisted entirely of upset victories, as she's come into each of her three title fights as an underdog.

This will be an unofficial Main Event for the Brazilian fans as they get to see Vitor Belfort fight in the UFC for probably the last time as this is the final fight on his contract. All but two writers selected Lyoto Machida.

John Lineker (-250) is favored against Brian Kelleher (+195) in a bantamweight bout between high-volume strikers.

Dern debuted in the UFC in March and beat Ashley Yoder by split decision. Machida is a cautious fighter and his chin has been weakening over the years.

Kelleher, from the US, has just one loss in his past 10: to Vera in July 2017 by unanimous decision.


The victor of this fight will most likely get the opportunity to fight for the victor of Whittaker vs. Romero for the belt.

For 29-year-old Nunes, the bout offers an opportunity to cement her position as one of the most dominant world champions in the UFC. But to just think that she was only asking out because she was exhausted and felt beaten is wholly unprofessional and borderline risky. The best days are well in the past for both fighters, but Machida pulled off a stunning win last time out when it seemed like he was matched up to fail against rising star Eryk Anders. Gastelum is a fantastic wrestler but will lose in a grappling match with Souza.

"I think that would be an unbelievable next step for MMA as a sport, to openly welcome male athletes to come out as well, but that's not just mixed martial arts, that's sport across the board", says combat sports journalist Nick Peet.

That's a strategy that could backfire as he may want to proceed with caution when he engages with Jacare lest he finds himself in the submission artists grasp to be taken down and submitted. I think Souza will be able to trip Gastelum and have his way in top control. After an outdoor workout, Nunes and Ansaroff run into a friend and former teammate, strawweight Tecia Torres - who just happens to be engaged to Nunes' opponent, Raquel Pennington.

I feel like Nunes is dodging Cris Cyborg with this fight. Pennington hasn't fought since UFC 205 back in November 2016. Nunes took her down and landed hammerfists until the bout was stopped. "This is the first time", Nunes said. Ultimately, I believe this will go to a decision and Nunes will win in Brazil. So it actually might be worth it to just throw a few bucks on Pennington who is a longshot at +600.

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