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It is simple for fans and sport bettors to miss UFC 224 while awaiting CM Punk’s redemption fight at UFC 225, the winner. champion match-up in UFC 226 or the rumored Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz bout at UFC 227. That’d be an error. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is getting an exciting fight card with intriguing options for gamblers looking to parlay prelim fights with main-card bouts. The real money on this card will be made by betting on stoppages, decisions or the over-under on rounds; not on digging to find underdogs to lose money on. [Editor’s note: You can follow Kel at @KelDansby. Dansby is writer for ABC 13 at Las Vegas and co-host of The Corner Podcast and Andreas Hale. The podcast covers boxing, mixed martial arts and pro wrestling by a Hip Hop generation’s perspective.] 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 more Let us begin with the card’s main event women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (-1400) and Racquel Pennington (+800). Pennington enters UFC 224 to a four-fight winning streak, with her final loss coming from split decision to former bantamweight champion and present featherweight contender Holly Holm. That run of achievement will jump off the page to people expecting to bet on a name underdog to mad a winner that still has a lot to prove, but if you dig deeper you find that Pennington’s streak is a bit of a mirage. “Rocky” has just stopped two of the last 10 competitions. Both of those opponents, Jessica Andrade (strawweight) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (flyweight), are now competing in lighter weight classes. Pennington needed a split decision to defeat Bethe Correia, which is not a terrific vote of confidence for all those hoping she will conquer Nunes. Pennington’s most recent wins were against Elizabeth Phillips and a deflated Meisha Tate — both also coming by decision. The cherry on top of this”do not fall for the underdog story” cautionary tale is the fact that Pennington hasn’t happened since November 2016 and is being thrust into this title fight. The winner Amanda Nunes has been much more striking in her last 10 fights, which explains why she’s such a heavy favorite. Since the Start 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 individuals to take Nunes past the initial round of a fight was Shevchenko and Cat Zingano, who ceased Nunes with strikes at UFC 178. Nunes has increased much since then and the smart money points in her stopping Pennington within two and a half rounds which is currently at -135. In the event the rounds frighten you, but wish to still invest in Nunes, then Nunes by TKO at +120 is a much safer way to play it. (Note: all odds herein come from William Hill.) There is a threat with this wager. Pennington has only been stopped once in her career, coincidentally also at the hands of Cat Zingano. For those with their hearts set on gambling the puppy, Pennington dropping by choice (Nunes by UD in +325) is the best bet since the numbers say that an upset is not happening on Saturday night. Speaking of live dogs, the UFC 224 co-main is where creative bets can result in cashing a substantial ticket. Read more: adamssportsblog.com