It’s simple for lovers and sport bettors to miss 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 getting an exciting fight card with intriguing alternatives for gamblers seeking 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 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 much 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 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 last loss coming by split decision to former bantamweight champion and present featherweight contender Holly Holm.
That streak of success may jump off the page to those 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 series is a small mirage.
«Rocky» has just ceased two of her last 10 opponents. Both of those opponents, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are currently competing in lighter weight classes. Pennington had a split decision to defeat Bethe Correia, which is not a great vote of confidence for those hoping she’ll conquer Nunes.
Pennington’s latest wins were against Elizabeth Phillips along with a deflated Meisha Tate — both also coming by choice. The cherry on top of the»don’t fall for the underdog narrative» cautionary tale is the fact that Pennington hasn’t happened 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 is such a heavy favorite.
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.
Actually, the only people to take Nunes beyond the first round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who stopped Nunes with strikes at UFC 178.
Nunes has grown much since then and the wise money points at her quitting Pennington within two and a half rounds which is currently at -135. If the rounds scare you, but wish to still put money on Nunes, subsequently Nunes by TKO at +120 is a safer way to play it. (Note: all odds herein come from William Hill.)
There’s a risk with this wager. Pennington has just been stopped once in her profession, 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 is not occurring on Saturday night.
Speaking of live dogs, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can lead to cashing a substantial ticket.
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