UFC: Cyborg vs Nunes Betting Odds
The first female champion vs champion fight has been booked. Amanda”The Lioness” Nunes is making the move upward from the bantamweight division to shoot on Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino in the featherweight division at UFC 232 on December 29 at California. Oddsmakers have Cyborg opening as a -250 favorite using The Lioness coming back in +195 for this superfight from the women’s divisions.
The -260 lineup for Cyborg might jump at you as a deal, as in her past five fights at the Octagon she has been an average -1619 favorite. What I find fascinating about the current chances is that Cyborg entered the fight against Holly Holm as a -275 favored and I think Nunes has a much greater chance to sneak the featherweight belt from Cyborg compared to Holm ever did. Both have been verbally jousting for months and the conversation ends when the two conflict later this season.
Nunes at Featherweight
Although Cyborg will be the larger woman from the Octagon when both match, Nunes had success at featherweight in her past. She cried in the featherweight division to start her career in which she published a record of 6-1. All six successes for The Lioness in the 145-pound branch came by knockout, including wins over Ediane Gomes and Julia Budd.
Nunes has her problems cutting the weight at 135 lbs and has seemed to be the larger woman in all of her struggles at bantamweight. The Brazilian is riding a seven-fight winning streak and has defended her belt four times, completing her opponent three of these times, including a fifth-round TKO over Raquel Pennington in UFC 224.
How will Cyborg vs NUNES play out?
This is sure to be a standup war between the two Brazilians with 17 of Cyborg’s 20 victories coming by way of T/KO and 11 of Nunes’ 16 wins coming the same manner. With two fighters coming to battle with fictitious knockout power, it’s tough to provide the edge one way or the other. Cyborg is going to use her size and power to try and corner Nunes and search for the finish. The Curitiba native is methodical and competitive, landing 7.02 strikes a while whilst defending 70 percent of attacks against. Cyborg hasn’t suffered a loss since her very first pro fight in 2005 when she was stopped by a kneebar. She’s won five straight UFC fights for example defending her belt double.
Nunes’ road to success over Cyborg can come to the mat. The Lioness averages 1.82 takedowns a 15 minutes and it’s in her best interest to stay away from Cyborg’s power in the standup game. Two of Nunes’ four losses have come by means of TKO/KO, most recently being halted by Cat Zingano in UFC 178. The Bahia native will seem for her leg kicks to slow Cyborg down and fasten the takedown where she can perform her striking ground and pound to become the first woman two-division champion.