UFC: Cyborg vs Nunes Betting Odds
The very first champion vs champion fight has been booked. Amanda”The Lioness” Nunes is making the move up from the bantamweight division to take on Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino in the featherweight division at UFC 232 on December 29 in California. Oddsmakers have Cyborg launching as a -250 favorite using all The Lioness coming back in +195 with this superfight in the women’s divisions.
The -260 lineup for Cyborg may jump at you as a bargain, as in her previous five fights in the Octagon she has been an average -1619 favorite. What I find fascinating about the present odds is that Cyborg entered the struggle against Holly Holm as a -275 favored and I believe Nunes has a far better chance to sneak the featherweight belt from Cyborg compared to Holm ever did. The two have been verbally jousting for months and the conversation ends when both conflict later this year.
Nunes at Featherweight
Although Cyborg are the bigger woman in the Octagon when the two meet, Nunes had success at featherweight in her past. She cried in the featherweight division to begin her career in which she posted a record of 6-1. All six successes for The Lioness in the 145-pound branch came by knockout, including wins within Ediane Gomes and Julia Budd.
Nunes has her difficulties cutting on the weight at 135 pounds and has seemed to be the larger woman in all her struggles at bantamweight. The Brazilian is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak and has defended her belt four times, completing her opponent three of those times, including a fifth-round TKO over Raquel Pennington at UFC 224.
How will Cyborg vs NUNES play out?
This is sure to be a standup war between both Brazilians with 17 of Cyborg’s 20 victories coming by way of T/KO and 11 of Nunes’ 16 wins coming the same manner. Together with two fighters coming to battle with legit knockout power, it’s tough to give the advantage one way or the other. Cyborg will use her size and power to try and corner Nunes and look for the finish. The Curitiba native is methodical and competitive, landing 7.02 strikes per minute whilst protecting 70 percent of strikes against. Cyborg has not suffered a loss since her first professional fight in 2005 when she was stopped by a kneebar. She has won five straight UFC struggles for example defending her belt twice.
Nunes’ road to success over Cyborg may come on the mat. The Lioness averages 1.82 takedowns per 15 minutes and it’s in her best interest to stay away from Cyborg’s power from the standup game. Two of Nunes’ four losses came by way of TKO/KO, most recently being stopped by Cat Zingano at UFC 178. The Bahia native will look to her leg kicks to slow Cyborg down and secure the takedown where she can perform her striking ground and pound to become the first girl two-division champion.