The very first female winner vs winner fight has formally been reserved. Amanda”The Lioness” Nunes is making the move up 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 launching 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 at you as a deal, as in her past five fights at the Octagon she has been an average -1619 favorite. What I find interesting about the current chances is that Cyborg entered the fight against Holly Holm as a -275 favorite and that I believe Nunes has a far better opportunity to sneak the featherweight belt from Cyborg than Holm actually did. Both have been jousting for months and now the conversation ends when the two battle later this year.
Nunes at Featherweight
Although Cyborg are the bigger woman from the Octagon when both meet, Nunes had success at featherweight in her past. She cried in the featherweight division to begin her career where she published a record of 6-1. All six successes for The Lioness from the 145-pound division 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 larger woman in all her fights at bantamweight. The Brazilian is riding a seven-fight winning series and has defended her belt four times, completing her opponent three of those times, including a fifth-round TKO over Raquel Pennington at UFC 224.
Will Cyborg vs NUNES perform?
This is certain to be a standup war between the two Brazilians with 17 of Cyborg’s 20 victories coming by means of T/KO and 11 of Nunes’ 16 wins coming the same way. With two fighters coming to battle with legit knockout power, it is tough to provide the advantage one way or another. Cyborg is going to use her size and power to try to corner Nunes and search for the finish. The Curitiba native is methodical and competitive, landing 7.02 strikes per minute whilst protecting 70 percent of attacks against. Cyborg hasn’t suffered a loss since her first professional fight in 2005 when she was halted by a kneebar. She has won five straight UFC fights for example defending her belt twice.
Nunes’ road to success over Cyborg may come to the mat. The Lioness averages 1.82 takedowns a 15 minutes and it is in her very best interest to steer clear of Cyborg’s power from the standup game. Two of Nunes’ four losses came by means of TKO/KO, most recently being halted by Cat Zingano in UFC 178. The Bahia native may seem to her leg kicks to slow Cyborg down and secure the takedown where she can perform her impressive ground and pound to become the first girl two-division champion.
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