MMA Betting Preview – Luana Pinheiro vs Amanda Ribas at UFC Fight Night 232
LUANA PINHEIRO VS AMANDA RIBAS FACTS
When is UFC Fight Night 232? Saturday 18th November, 2023 - 20:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 232? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Las Vegas (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC Fight Night 232? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night
What channel is UFC Fight Night 232 on? TNT Sports 1
Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 232? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
LUANA PINHEIRO VS AMANDA RIBAS LOWDOWN
Luana Pinheiro (11-1) returns to the APEX hoping to go 4-0 in the UFC. Her debut never really got going after getting gifted a disqualification due to an illegal upkick from Randa Markos (2021). She then earnt a unanimous decision over Sam Hughes, but injuries left her on the sidelines until April this year. She met veteran Michelle Waterson-Gomez and scraped a split decision.
Amanda Ribas (12-4) has had a tough run going 2-3 in her last five. Marina Rodriguez snapped a five-fight win streak with a knockout. She responded with a classy unanimous decision over Virna Jandiroba (2021) but then lost a narrow split decision to Katlyn Chookagian (2022). She bounced back again with another unanimous decision over Viviane Araujo (2023) but is now coming off the third knockout of her career which was courtesy of Maycee Barber (2023).
LUANA PINHEIRO VS AMANDA RIBAS PREDICTION
Ribas heads back down to strawweight and if she can make the weight smoothly, she can climb her way up to the top of the division. She was undersized at flyweight yet taking on top competition, so it will be interesting to see if she can settle at 115 lbs.
She is the more skilled and well-rounded fighter. She is a brilliant grappler with dynamic striking. She will be grateful that she will be taking on a smaller opponent, but Pinheiro has a black belt in judo and hits like a truck.
She is also very aggressive which is a worry for the damaged chin of Ribas. Considering the odds, a Pinheiro knockout is well worth a punt, but we expect Ribas to have the technique to win the exchanges and convince the judges with her grappling.
Prediction: Ribas via Decision
Value bet: Pinheiro via KO/TKO