July 30, 2021 2:09 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Nicco Montano vs Yanan Wu at UFC Vegas 33

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NICCO MONTANO VS YANAN WU FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 33? Sunday 1st August, 2021 - 00:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 33? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 33? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 33 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 33? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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!

NICCO MONTANO VS YANAN WU LOWDOWN

The mysterious case of Nicco Montano (4-3) continues at UFC Vegas 33. She won The Ultimate Fighter in 2017 and became the first UFC female flyweight champion after earning a classy unanimous decision over Roxanne Modafferi in the final. However, she has only fought once since which was a unanimous decision loss to Julianna Pena in 2019. She has been crippled by bad luck – illness, injuries, botched weight cuts and a ban for a tainted supplement all resulting in time off and several cancelled fights which has annoyed the UFC and fans. Judging by how unstable this card has been and her history, it will be an achievement just to make it to the APEX.

Yanan Wu (11-4) has been more active which does not say much as she has only fought three times since her debut in 2017. Then, she lost a unanimous decision to Gina Mazany but she dropped down to flyweight and pulled off a first round armbar on Lauren Mueller. However, she has struggled with the weight cut and lost two decisions in a row to Mizuki Inoue (2019) and Joselyne Edwards (2021).

NICCO MONTANO VS YANAN WU PREDICTION

To avoid any more weight cut issues, these ladies fight at bantamweight where Wu will have the size and slight reach advantage. Do not expect the most exciting fight here as this is likely to be a clinch battle with some average striking sprinkled in.

Montano looked great at flyweight but up at 135 lbs she could not deal with the size and power of Pena which is a worry. However, Pena is one of the strongest grapplers in the division and Wu is not on her level.

If Montano makes it to the octagon, we expect her to win the clinch battle with her technique and grind out a relieving decision win.

Prediction: Montano via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

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