Brazil's Amanda Nunes will defend her UFC bantamweight title for the third time on Saturday as a heavy favorite on home turf against American fighter Raquel Pennington, who hasn't fought since November 2016 because of injuries. The main cards start pounding face and drawing blood at 10 PM ET. "They called me like, 'Are you okay?' I said: 'Don't worry you guys, it's okay". She's going to try to exhaust me. All but two writers selected Lyoto Machida. Lyoto Machida says, "the Dragon is alive!" But don't let that fool you. The champion needed a bout and Pennington happens to be the one who has the best resume for a shot at this point. He has only lost once in last 4 years.
John Lineker and Brian Kelleher will have a bantamweight bout.
The 38-year-old Souza has yet to fight for a title in his career. Lineker has fought just once since, a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera last October. Even so, I think Kelleher is outclassed here. Strawweight Amanda Cooper discusses her baby food diet.
"It's extremely exciting, just the fact for where women's MMA has come to today, and that we have this opportunity and here we are, headlining a UFC event".
For 29-year-old Nunes, the bout offers an opportunity to cement her position as one of the most dominant world champions in the UFC. Six of Lineker's last nine fights have gone to a decision and that trend could continue if he focuses on using his punching power to wear Kelleher down early and get a lead on the judges' cards. I like the champ to win. Gastelum has the striking power and wrestling ability to win this fight.
What also will help Raquel Pennington against Amanda Nunes is her will.
If Kelvin can keep this fight standing, he can win.
That's a strategy that could backfire as he may want to proceed with caution when he engages with Jacare lest he finds himself in the submission artists grasp to be taken down and submitted.
The odds are close. I think Souza will be able to trip Gastelum and have his way in top control. She's also coming off a loss to Cris Cyborg. Nunes vs. Pennington was being targeted for UFC 219 back in December, but Pennington was hurt in a auto accident. Raquel Pennington is a puncher with a strong chin.
Nunes opened as a -530 favorite on the UFC 224 betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com but is taking huge action and now is set at -1000.
It's not hard to see the way this fight is "supposed" to go and the weight difference should only work as an advantage in the grappling department which is where this fight will likely take place.
Pennington's corner implored her to move forward on the champion, which she did well in the second round.