It’s easy for fans and sports bettors to miss UFC 224 while awaiting CM Punk’s redemption struggle at UFC 225, the winner. champion match-up at UFC 226 and also the rumored Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz bout at UFC 227.
That’d be an error.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is getting an exciting battle card with interesting options for gamblers seeking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The actual cash on this card will be made by betting on stoppages, decisions or the over-under on rounds; not on digging to discover underdogs to lose money on.
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UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington, Preview, Betting Picks: Nunes vs. Pennington, Souza vs. Gastelum, Okeinik vs. Albini and much more UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington, Preview, Betting Picks: Nunes vs. Pennington, Souza vs. Gastelum, Okeinik vs. Albini and much more Let’s begin with the card’s most important event women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (-1400) and Racquel Pennington (+800). Pennington enters UFC 224 to a four-fight winning series, with her last loss coming from split decision to former bantamweight champion and current featherweight contender Holly Holm.
That run of success may jump off the page to people expecting to wager on a title underdog to mad 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. The two of those opponents, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are currently competing in weight reduction classes. Pennington had a split decision to conquer Bethe Correia, which isn’t a great vote of confidence for all those hoping she will conquer Nunes.
Pennington’s latest wins were against Elizabeth Phillips along with a deflated Meisha Tate — equally also coming by decision. The cherry on top of this”do not fall for the underdog narrative” cautionary tale is that the fact that Pennington has not competed since November 2016 and is being thrust to this title fight.
The champion Amanda Nunes has been much more impressive in her last 10 fights, which explains why she is such a heavy favourite.
Since the beginning of 2016, Nunes holds two wins over Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, and an absolutely demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey.
In fact, the only people to take Nunes beyond the initial round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who stopped Nunes with strikes at UFC 178.
Nunes has grown a lot since then and also the wise money points in her stopping Pennington within two and a half dozen rounds which is presently in -135. In the event the rounds frighten you, but want to still put money on Nunes, subsequently Nunes by TKO at +120 is a safer way to play with it. (Note: all of odds herein come from William Hill.)
There is a risk with this bet. Pennington has only been stopped once in her career, coincidentally also at the hands of Cat Zingano. For individuals with their hearts set on gambling the puppy, Pennington dropping by choice (Nunes by UD at +325) is your very best bet because the numbers say that an upset isn’t happening on Saturday night.
Speaking of live puppies, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can result in cashing a hefty ticket.
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