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

It’s easy for lovers and sport bettors to overlook UFC 224 while looking forward toward CM Punk’s redemption struggle at UFC 225, the champion vs. champion match-up in 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 battle card with interesting options for gamblers looking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The actual 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’s 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 series, with her final loss coming by split decision to former bantamweight champion and present featherweight rival Holly Holm.
That run of achievement will jump off the page to people hoping to wager on a title underdog to mad a winner that nonetheless has a lot to prove, but if you dig deeper you find that Pennington’s series is a bit of a mirage.
“Rocky” has just ceased two of the last 10 opponents. Both of those opponents, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are currently competing in weight reduction classes. Pennington needed a split decision to conquer Bethe Correia, which isn’t a terrific vote of confidence for those expecting she will beat Nunes.
Pennington’s most recent wins were against Elizabeth Phillips along with 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 that the fact that Pennington hasn’t happened since November 2016 and has been thrust into 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 favourite.
Since the beginning of 2016, Nunes retains two wins within Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, along with 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 in UFC 178.
Nunes has increased a lot since then and also the smart cash points at her stopping Pennington within two and a half dozen rounds which is currently at -135. In the event the rounds frighten you, but want to still put money on Nunes, subsequently Nunes by TKO at +120 is a safer way to play with it. (Note: all odds herein come from William Hill.)
There’s a risk with this wager. Pennington has just been stopped once in her career, coincidentally also in the hands of Cat Zingano. For those 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 isn’t happening on Saturday night.
Speaking of live puppies, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can result in cashing a hefty ticket.
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