It is easy for lovers and sports bettors to overlook UFC 224 while awaiting CM Punk’s redemption struggle at UFC 225, the champion vs. champion match-up at UFC 226 or the rumored Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz bout at UFC 227.
That would be an error.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is becoming an exciting battle card with intriguing alternatives for gamblers seeking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The actual money on this card will be made by betting on stoppages, decisions or even the over-under on rounds; not on digging to find underdogs to drop money on.
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UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington, Preview, Betting Picks: Nunes vs. Pennington, Souza vs. Gastelum, Okeinik vs. Albini and More UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington, Preview, Betting Picks: Nunes vs. Pennington, Souza vs. Gastelum, Okeinik vs. Albini and more Let us begin with the card’s main event women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (-1400) and Racquel Pennington (+800). Pennington enters UFC 224 to a four-fight winning streak, with her final loss coming from split decision to former bantamweight champion and current featherweight rival Holly Holm.
That run of success will jump off the page to those hoping to wager on a title underdog to upset a winner that still has a lot to prove, but when you dig deeper you find that Pennington’s streak is a bit of a mirage.
“Rocky” has just ceased two of the last 10 opponents. Both of those opponents, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are currently competing in weight reduction classes. Pennington needed a split decision to conquer Bethe Correia, which is not a terrific vote of confidence for all those hoping she will conquer Nunes.
Pennington’s most recent wins were against Elizabeth Phillips and a deflated Meisha Tate — both also coming by decision. The cherry on top of the”do not fall for the underdog narrative” cautionary tale is that the fact that Pennington has not competed since November 2016 and has been thrust into this title battle.
The winner Amanda Nunes has been much more impressive in her last 10 fights, which explains why she’s such a heavy favourite.
Since the beginning of 2016, Nunes retains two wins within Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, along with an absolutely demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey.
Actually, the only people to take Nunes beyond the first round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who ceased Nunes with strikes at UFC 178.
Nunes has grown much since then and also the smart money points in her quitting Pennington within two and a half dozen rounds which is currently at -135. In the event the rounds scare you, but want to still invest in Nunes, then Nunes by TKO at +120 is a much safer way to play with it. (Note: all of likelihood herein come from William Hill.)
There is a risk with this bet. Pennington has only been stopped once in her career, coincidentally also in the hands of Cat Zingano. For individuals with their hearts set on gambling the dog, Pennington dropping by choice (Nunes by UD at +325) is the best bet since the numbers say that an upset isn’t happening on Saturday night.
Speaking of live dogs, the UFC 224 co-main is where imaginative bets can result in cashing a hefty ticket.
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