It’s easy for lovers and sport bettors to miss UFC 224 while looking forward toward CM Punk’s redemption fight 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 would be a mistake.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is becoming an exciting battle card with interesting options for gamblers looking 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 much more Let us 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 to a four-fight winning series, with her last loss coming by split decision to former bantamweight champion and present featherweight rival Holly Holm.
That run of achievement will jump off the page to those expecting to bet on a name underdog to upset a winner that nonetheless has a lot to prove, but when you dig deeper you find that Pennington’s series is a small mirage.
“Rocky” has only ceased two of her last 10 opponents. The two 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 isn’t a terrific vote of confidence for those expecting she’ll beat Nunes.
Pennington’s most recent wins were against Elizabeth Phillips and a deflated Meisha Tate — equally 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 hasn’t competed since November 2016 and has been thrust into 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 favorite.
Since the Start of 2016, Nunes retains two wins over Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round submission of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, and an absolutely demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey.
Actually, the only people to take Nunes past the initial round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who ceased Nunes with strikes at UFC 178.
Nunes has increased a lot since then and the wise money points at her quitting Pennington in two and a half rounds which is currently in -135. If the rounds frighten you, but wish to still put money on Nunes, then Nunes by TKO at +120 is a much safer way to play with it. (Note: all of odds herein come from William Hill.)
There’s a risk with this wager. Pennington has only been stopped once in her career, coincidentally also in the hands of Cat Zingano. For those with their hearts set on gambling the puppy, Pennington dropping by decision (Nunes by UD in +325) is the best bet because the figures say that an upset is not occurring 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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