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03 Jul 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm at UFC 239

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THE FACTS

When is UFC 239? Sunday 7th July, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 239? T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

What channel is UFC 239? BT Sport Box Office (£19.95)

Where can I stream UFC 239? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which you can sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC 239? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Amanda Nunes makes the fourth defence of her bantamweight strap and as a sign of how shallow the division is at the moment, Holly Holm steps back down from featherweight with four losses from her last six but this is still one of the hardest match-ups out there for the two-division champion.

Nunes has got to be the best female fighter of all time. She has almost cleaned out the bantamweight division and moved up a class to take on the then-considered best female fighter Cris Cyborg and starched her in the first round. She is on an eight-fight winning streak and her stand-up has been so good she has not had to call upon her grappling skills.

Holm has also earned her keep with her striking. With a successful background in Boxing she has evolved into a complete MMA striker and although she has lost four of her last six, she is the former champion and is also coming off an impressive decision win over fellow striker Megan Anderson. She has shared the cage with some of the very best fighters in the world and this experience makes her more of a threat to Nunes than any other bantamweight right now.

THE PREDICTION

This is will be a close and technical battle on the feet. They both have knockout power, particularly in Nunes’ hands and Holm’s feet but they are so technically sound defensively that this is likely to stretch into the championship rounds.

Holm will have a well-thought out strategy involving constant footwork and head movement to avoid the punches and counter with her own combinations but Nunes does not need to land often to pile on the damage and, as this is likely to go down to the wire, the power advantage of Nunes is likely to add up and sway the judges.

Winner: Nunes via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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