It’s simple for lovers and sports bettors to miss UFC 224 while looking forward toward CM Punk’s redemption struggle at UFC 225, the winner. champion match-up in UFC 226 and also the rumored Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz bout at UFC 227.
That’d be a mistake.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is becoming an exciting fight card with interesting options for gamblers looking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The real money on this card is going to be made by betting on stoppages, decisions or even the over-under on rounds; not on digging to find underdogs to lose money on.
[Editor’s note: You can follow Kel in @KelDansby. Dansby is author for ABC 13 in Las Vegas and co-host of The Corner Podcast along with Andreas Hale. The podcast covers boxing, mixed martial arts and also pro wrestling by a Hip Hop generation’s perspective.] 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 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 on a four-fight winning series, with her last loss coming from split decision to former bantamweight champion and current featherweight rival Holly Holm.
That streak of achievement will jump off the page to people expecting 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 series is a bit of a mirage.
“Rocky” has just ceased two of her last 10 competitions. The two of those competitions, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are currently competing in lighter weight 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 latest wins were against Elizabeth Phillips and a deflated Meisha Tate — both also coming by choice. The cherry on top of the”do not fall for the underdog story” cautionary tale is the fact that Pennington hasn’t happened since November 2016 and has been thrust into this title battle.
The champion Amanda Nunes has been much more striking in her last 10 fights, which explains why she is such a heavy favourite.
Since the Start of 2016, Nunes holds two wins within Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, and a totally demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey.
In fact, the only people to take Nunes past the initial round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who stopped Nunes with strikes at UFC 178.
Nunes has increased much since then and also the smart money points at her stopping Pennington in two and a half rounds that’s presently at -135. If the rounds scare you, but want to still invest in Nunes, subsequently Nunes by TKO in +120 is a safer way to play with it. (Note: all of odds herein come from William Hill.)
There’s a threat with this bet. Pennington has only been stopped once in her profession, coincidentally also in the hands of Cat Zingano. For individuals with their hearts set on betting the dog, Pennington losing by decision (Nunes by UD at +325) is the very best bet because the figures say that an upset is not happening on Saturday night.
Speaking of live puppies, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can lead to cashing a hefty ticket.
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