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08 May 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington at UFC 224

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 224? Sunday 13th May, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 224? Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What channel is UFC 224 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 224? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 224? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes makes her third defence of her bantamweight title against Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington who is making her comeback after 18 months on the sidelines.

Pennington made her UFC debut back in 2013 and has improved exponentially, going from a decent contestant on The Ultimate Fighter to dominating and retiring her coach and one of the best female fighters of all time in Miesha Tate. That win earned her a title shot, but unfortunatley she suffered a horrific leg injury while out hunting on an ATV. The crash nearly shattered her leg but thankfully she is now healthy and ready to cash in on that title shot.

Nunes is in the form of her life with wins over some of the very best including Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Tate, proving she is the rightful queen of the division and confidently welcomes her next challenger.

THE PREDICTION

Pennington will be the heavy underdog but she has a habit of causing an upset and she is also a bad style match-up for Nunes. Rocky is a powerhouse in the division and deceptively strong. She is most comfortable in a gritty and attritional scrap and will look to grind out a win by closing all the distance and nullifying the striking on Nunes.

The Lioness is comfortable grappling and very dangerous on the ground but she will look to keep the fight standing where she has developed her own habit of lighting her opponents up by combining sublime technique and power.

So, Nunes has an advantage in the striking department especially with a reach advantage but has to respect the power of Pennington. Although it has been a year and a half since her last fight, she dominated Tate in every area and overwhelmed the former champion in the grappling exchanges. We don’t know if Pennington will suffer any ring rust but after such a long lay-off against a well-rounded champion in her prime, it may be too much of an ask.

Winner: Nunes via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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