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UFC224: Preview, Odds and Best Bet

Thu, May 10, 10:25am by Staff Writer

The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads back to Brazil this weekend for it’s fifth pay-per-view event of 2018.

With Brazil home to many of it’s top end talent, it is always a fixture on the promotions’ calendar with Saturday night’s (Sunday AEST) event taking place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Headlining the card will be Brazil’s own Amanda Nunes who will be defending her bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington.

Nunes will be defending her title for the third time and the first time in her home country.

The champion will head into the bout an overwhelming $1.11 favourite with Pennington rated a $6.50 chance for the upset.

Despite her odds, Pennington is coming off a four fight winning streak which includes victories over Jessica Andrade and former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

Pennington has not competed since her victory over Tate at UFC205 in November 2016 due to multiple injuries and being involved in a major all terrain vehicle accident last October, which prevented her from originally facing Nunes at UFC219 in December.

Nunes’ most recent appearance to the octagon was in September 2017 when she recorded a controversial split decision victory over challenger Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC215.

Nunes will be involved in her fourth consecutive pay-per-view main event which began when she claimed the bantamweight title in the headline bout of UFC200 against Miesha Tate via first round submission.

The co-main event will see top five ranked middleweights Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (2) and Kelvin Gastelum (5) do battle over three rounds.

Souza will head into the clash a narrow $1.70 favourite with Gastelum at $2.15.

Nunes is an overwhelming favourite and looks the goods in this contest. Apart from head to head betting, there are other options available for punters including method of victory, method and round combo and round betting just to name a few.

Whilst rounds 1 and 2 the clearly favoured options for a Nunes victory, it is certainly feasible for a fighter of Pennington’s pedigree to see past this stage of the scheduled five round contest.

Suggested Bet: Amanda Nunes to win in Round 3 @ $12 (Round Betting)

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