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24 Dec 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Nunes at UFC 232

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 232? Sunday 30th December, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 232? The Forum, Inglewood, California

What channel is UFC 232 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 232? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 232? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

It beggars belief as to why this fight has not received more promotion by the UFC. Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes serve as the co-main event but this has got to be the biggest women’s fight of all time. Few dispute that Cyborg is the best female Mixed Martial Artist and the UFC created the featherweight division just for her. Fighters have had to come up from bantamweight to fight her and besides Holly Holm, who she beat via a unanimous decision, no one has been anywhere near her level.

However, a superfight has been created with Nunes moving up to challenge Cyborg for her title and become a two-division champion. Nunes is the only other fighter in the ‘GOAT’ conversation with a submission over Miesha Tate, a demolition of Ronda Rousey and two wins over the current strawweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. Add in the fact these ladies are two of the most aggressive and powerful strikers with a staggering 28 knockouts between them, and the UFC have missed the boat on this one.

THE PREDICTION

We will be witnessing two of the best Boxers in women’s MMA and despite the odd clinch, a boxing match is what we are likely to see. Cyborg will be the favourite with the power and weight advantage and will have the confidence in knowing Nunes has never experienced power like hers before.

However, Cyborg herself has never fought anyone like Nunes. She is also an elite striker with a ground game to match and importantly has a slight reach advantage which she will use masterfully, punching right at the end of her range. She will hit Cyborg like she hasn’t been hit before and it will be intriguing to see how she reacts.

This will be more even than the stats suggest as Nunes has fought the best fighters in the UFC whereas Cyborg has dominated less experienced fighters. This will be the toughest fight of both of their careers and Nunes will be worth a bet as the underdog but Cyborg’s power is likely to take its toll going into the championship rounds.

Winner: Cyborg via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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