UFC 224 Preview, Picks: An Exciting Card With Appetizing Betting Opportunities

It is simple for fans and sports 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’d be a mistake. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is getting an exciting battle card with intriguing alternatives for gamblers seeking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The real cash 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 lose money on. [Editor’s note: You can follow Kel in @KelDansby. Dansby is author for ABC 13 at Las Vegas and co-host of The Corner Podcast and Andreas Hale. The podcast covers boxing, mixed martial arts and also pro wrestling by your Hip Hop generation’s perspective.] 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 more Let’s start with the card’s main event women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (-1400) and Racquel Pennington (+800). Pennington enters UFC 224 to 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 people hoping to bet on a name underdog to mad a champion that nonetheless has a lot to prove, but when you dig deeper you find that Pennington’s streak is a bit of a mirage. “Rocky” has just stopped 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 had a split decision to defeat Bethe Correia, which isn’t a terrific vote of confidence for all those expecting she will conquer Nunes. Pennington’s latest wins were against Elizabeth Phillips and a deflated Meisha Tate — equally also coming by choice. The cherry on top of this”do not 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 favorite. Since the beginning of 2016, Nunes holds two wins over Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, and a totally demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey. In fact, the only individuals to take Nunes beyond the initial round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who stopped Nunes with strikes in UFC 178. Nunes has increased a lot since then and the smart money points at her quitting Pennington within two and a half rounds which is presently in -135. If the rounds frighten you, but want to still invest in Nunes, subsequently Nunes by TKO at +120 is a much safer way to play it. (Note: all odds herein come from William Hill.) There’s a threat with this bet. Pennington has just been stopped once in her profession, coincidentally also at the hands of Cat Zingano. For individuals with their hearts set on gambling the puppy, Pennington dropping by decision (Nunes by UD at +325) is your very best option since the numbers say that an upset is not happening on Saturday night. Speaking of live puppies, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can result in cashing a hefty ticket. Read more: last3seconds.com

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