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 in UFC 226 or 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 fight card with interesting options for gamblers looking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The real money on this card will be made by betting on stoppages, decisions or the over-under on rounds; not on digging to discover 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 much more Let’s start with the card’s most important event women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (-1400) and Racquel Pennington (+800). Pennington enters UFC 224 on a four-fight winning streak, with her final loss coming by split decision to former bantamweight champion and present featherweight contender Holly Holm.
That run of success will jump off the page to those expecting to wager on a title underdog to mad a winner that nonetheless has a lot to prove, but if you dig deeper you find that Pennington’s series is a bit of a mirage.
« Rocky » has just ceased two of the last 10 competitions. The two of those competitions, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are currently competing in weight reduction classes. Pennington needed a split decision to defeat Bethe Correia, which isn’t a great vote of confidence for 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 »don’t fall for the underdog story » cautionary tale is 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 within Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, and an absolutely demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey.
Actually, the only individuals to take Nunes past the initial round of a fight was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who stopped Nunes with strikes in UFC 178.
Nunes has increased a lot since then and also the smart cash points in her stopping Pennington within two and a half rounds which is currently in -135. If the rounds scare you, but want to still put money on Nunes, subsequently Nunes by TKO in +120 is a safer way to play it. (Note: all likelihood herein come from William Hill.)
There’s a threat with this wager. Pennington has just been stopped once in her career, coincidentally also at the hands of Cat Zingano. For individuals with their hearts set on betting the puppy, Pennington losing by choice (Nunes by UD at +325) is the best bet since the figures say that an upset is not happening on Saturday night.
Speaking of live puppies, the UFC 224 co-main is where imaginative bets can lead to cashing a hefty ticket.
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