The very first winner vs winner fight has been reserved. Amanda”The Lioness” Nunes is currently making the move up from the bantamweight division to shoot on Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino from the featherweight division at UFC 232 on December 29 at California. Oddsmakers have Cyborg opening as a -250 favorite with The Lioness coming back at +195 for this superfight in the women’s divisions.
The -260 line for Cyborg may jump in you as a bargain, as in her previous five fights in the Octagon she’s been an average -1619 favorite. What I find fascinating about the present chances is that Cyborg entered the struggle against Holly Holm as a -275 favorite and I believe Nunes has a far better opportunity to sneak the featherweight belt from Cyborg than Holm ever did. Both have been jousting for months and now the conversation ends when both conflict later this year.
Nunes at Featherweight
Although Cyborg will be the bigger woman in the Octagon when both meet, Nunes had success at featherweight in her past. She competed in the featherweight division to start her career where she posted a record of 6-1. All six successes for The Lioness in the 145-pound branch came by knockout, including wins within Ediane Gomes and Julia Budd.
Nunes has her problems cutting the weight at 135 lbs and has appeared to be the bigger woman in all her fights at bantamweight. The Brazilian is riding a seven-fight winning streak and has defended her belt four times, finishing her competitor three of those times, such as a fifth-round TKO over Raquel Pennington in UFC 224.
Can Cyborg vs NUNES play out?
This is sure to be a standup war between both Brazilians with 17 of Cyborg’s 20 victories coming by means of T/KO and 11 of Nunes’ 16 wins coming exactly the same way. Together with two fighters coming to battle with legit knockout power, it’s tough to give the edge one way or another. Cyborg will use her size and power to attempt and corner Nunes and search for the finish. The Curitiba native is methodical and competitive, landing 7.02 strikes per minute whilst defending 70 percent of strikes against. Cyborg has not suffered a loss since her first pro fight in 2005 when she had been stopped by a kneebar. She has won five consecutive UFC fights for example defending her belt double.
Nunes’ road to success over Cyborg can come on the mat. The Lioness averages 1.82 takedowns per 15 minutes and it is in her best interest to stay away from Cyborg’s power from the standup game. Two of Nunes’ four losses have come by means of TKO/KO, most recently being stopped by Cat Zingano in UFC 178. The Bahia native will look to her leg kicks to slow Cyborg down and secure the takedown where she can work her striking ground and pound to become the first girl two-division winner.
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