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

It is easy for lovers and sports bettors to overlook UFC 224 while awaiting CM Punk’s redemption fight at UFC 225, the champion vs. champion match-up at 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 becoming an exciting battle card with intriguing options for gamblers seeking 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 find underdogs to drop money on.
[Editor’s note: You can follow Kel in @KelDansby. Dansby is writer for ABC 13 in Las Vegas and co-host of The Corner Podcast along with Andreas Hale. The tradition covers boxing, mixed martial arts and also pro wrestling from a Hip Hop generation’s view.] 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 much more Let’s start 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 last loss coming by split decision to former bantamweight champion and present featherweight rival Holly Holm.
That streak of achievement may jump off the page to those expecting to bet on a title 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 only ceased two of her last 10 opponents. The two of those opponents, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are now competing in weight reduction classes. Pennington needed a split decision to conquer Bethe Correia, which isn’t a great vote of confidence for all those expecting she will conquer Nunes.
Pennington’s latest wins were against Elizabeth Phillips and a deflated Meisha Tate — both also coming by choice. The cherry on top of the”don’t fall for the underdog story” cautionary tale is that the fact that Pennington has not competed since November 2016 and is being thrust to this title fight.
The winner Amanda Nunes has been much more impressive in her last 10 fights, which explains why she is such a heavy favourite.
Since the Start of 2016, Nunes holds two wins within Valentina Shevchenko, a first-round entry of Miesha Tate and Sara McMann, along with a totally demolishing knockout of Ronda Rousey.
In fact, the only people to take Nunes past the initial round of a struggle was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who ceased Nunes with strikes at UFC 178.
Nunes has grown much since then and also the smart cash points at her quitting Pennington within two and a half dozen rounds that’s currently at -135. If the rounds scare you, but wish to still invest in Nunes, then Nunes by TKO at +120 is a safer way to play with it. (Note: all of likelihood herein come from William Hill.)
There’s a threat with this wager. Pennington has only been stopped once in her profession, coincidentally also at the hands of Cat Zingano. For individuals with their hearts set on betting the dog, Pennington dropping by choice (Nunes by UD in +325) is the very best bet because the numbers say that an upset isn’t happening on Saturday night.
Speaking of live dogs, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can lead to cashing a hefty ticket.

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