The very first winner vs winner fight has officially been booked. 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 in California. Oddsmakers have Cyborg launching as a -250 favorite with The Lioness coming back at +195 with this superfight from the women’s divisions.
The -260 line for Cyborg may jump at you as a bargain, as in her previous five fights in the Octagon she’s been a typical -1619 favorite. What I find interesting about the present 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. The two have been jousting for weeks and now the talk ends when the two battle later this year.
Nunes at Featherweight
Although Cyborg will be the bigger woman in 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 victories for The Lioness in the 145-pound division came by knockout, including wins within Ediane Gomes and Julia Budd.
Nunes has had her difficulties cutting on the weight at 135 lbs and has appeared to be the bigger woman in all her struggles at bantamweight. The Brazilian is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak and has defended her belt four times, completing her opponent three of these times, such as a fifth-round TKO over Raquel Pennington in UFC 224.
Will Cyborg vs NUNES perform?
This is sure to be a standup war between both Brazilians with 17 of Cyborg’s 20 victories coming by way of T/KO and 11 of Nunes’ 16 wins coming exactly the identical manner. Together with two fighters coming to struggle with fictitious knockout power, it is hard to give the edge one way or another. Cyborg will use her size and power to try and corner Nunes and search for the finish. The Curitiba native is methodical and aggressive, landing 7.02 strikes a while while defending 70 percent of strikes against. Cyborg hasn’t suffered a loss since her first pro fight in 2005 when she was stopped by a kneebar. She has won five straight UFC struggles including defending her belt twice.
Nunes’ road to victory over Cyborg may come on the mat. The Lioness averages 1.82 takedowns a 15 minutes and it’s in her very best interest to steer clear of Cyborg’s power in the standup game. Two of Nunes’ four losses have come by way of TKO/KO, most recently being halted by Cat Zingano in UFC 178. The Bahia native may seem for her leg kicks to slow Cyborg down and fasten the takedown where she can work her impressive ground and pound to become the first girl two-division winner.
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