UFC 224 Predictions: Can Pennington Pull Off The Upset?

UFC 224 Nunes Pennington

GETTYAmanda Nunes defends her title against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224

The headliner is between UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington.

Lyoto Machida is listed as a -275 favorite, putting Belfort as a 2.35 to 1 underdog.

Kelvin Gastelum has made a habit out of finishing aging fighters. At 30 and 8 most of his losses came before his UFC career. That said, I am going to avoid trying to make a prediction and just enjoy watching this. He has only lost once in last 4 years. A knockout win wouldn't surprise me for Gastelum, but I think Jacare gets it done in his home country.

The Brazilian has won 11 of his last 13 fights but saw his title charge derailed when he was knocked out by now reigning champion Robert Whittaker a year ago.

In the co-main event, the victor of this fight could earn themselves a title shot against the victor of champion Robert Whittaker and #1 Yoel Romero who fight next month at UFC 225.

According to MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn, Dern is the 11th UFC fighter to miss weight this year and her overage is the largest of the group, with all but one of the others coming in less than four pounds overweight.

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The victor of this fight will most likely get the opportunity to fight for the victor of Whittaker vs. Romero for the belt.

Dern debuted in the UFC in March and beat Ashley Yoder by split decision. But to just think that she was only asking out because she was exhausted and felt beaten is wholly unprofessional and borderline unsafe. I think Souza will be able to trip Gastelum and have his way in top control.

With the division lacking contenders, Nunes now finds herself up against No 2 ranked Pennington, who has not competed inside the octagaon since beating Tate at UFC 205 over 17 months ago. After an outdoor workout, Nunes and Ansaroff run into a friend and former teammate, strawweight Tecia Torres - who just happens to be engaged to Nunes' opponent, Raquel Pennington.

"I'm sure there are gay fighters in the UFC that are on the male side of roster at the moment". Raquel Pennington is a puncher with a strong chin. And I love that the stated that she will be willing to take one to the face to give the Lioness three. For the first time, Nunes is a favorite - and a big favorite at that.

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 has moved from +350 to +600.

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