Nunes, Pennington carry conflicting betting trends into UFC 224

  • Nunes, Pennington carry conflicting betting trends into UFC 224

Nunes, Pennington carry conflicting betting trends into UFC 224

The UFC originally was planning to match Cyborg, the women's featherweight champ, and Nunes, the bantamweight queen, but scrapped that and had Cyborg fight at UFC 222, in which she wiped out Yana Kunitskaya.

Pennington went on to be stopped by Nunes in the fifth round after a knee to the nose left her in a bloody soup.

Pennington's gas tank can't be challenged, having averaged 13:07 of fight time per UFC bout. Former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defended her belt six times, a record for a woman fighter.

Nunes enters as a minus-900 (risking $9 to win $1) favorite against Raquel Pennington, who comes back at plus-600 (risking $1 to win $6).

The biggest praise for Raquel Pennington is how strong and tenacious she is. So is inconsistency. Pennington may be a live dog for those who like to take a chance.

There is no shortage of intriguing storylines around this fight.

After a mixed start in the UFC, Pennington is now riding a streak of four consecutive wins. Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum takes in the sight of Saturday night's battleground. And I must say, despite some naysayers... this is an exciting event. Two judges scored the bout for Dern, 29-28. Dern's MMA career thus far can be summarized by two indisputable facts: She has incredible jiu-jitsu skills, and she struggles to make weight. With both fighters being inactive lately, look for the first round or two being a feeling out process. That's certainly a red flag. That streak includes a unanimous decision win as a -545 favourite in a UFC 158 battle for the UFC welterweight title with Diaz's older brother Nick at the Bell Centre. UFC 224 Embedded, Episode 2On Episode 2 of UFC 224 Embedded, middleweight Lyoto Machida relishes the beauty of his home country.

Mackenzie Dern has star potential in the UFC, but this weekend has already cast a shadow of doubt over that.

In the case of Miesha Tate, the former champion was much slower and less powerful than Amanda Nunes. Kelleher is also an ultra-aggressive fighter, though he may be able to sustain the attack longer than Lineker.

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. "She got sentimental and told me, 'You're my dream come true.' It's pretty special". That seems to be his narrative in every bout. Machida, 39, is coming off an impressive decision win over up-and-coming prospect Eryk Anders, giving him his first loss. Machida's most likely path to victory is through a decision.