However, with the bantamweight champion’s excellent takedown defense record, it will be extremely difficult for Julianna Pena to control the fight. And if this fight takes place on the standup, then Amanda Nunes is incredibly powerful and dangerous than her opponent. Before we analyze this matchup and make a prediction, let us compare the stats of the two bantamweight fighters that will step inside the octagon this weekend. Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz also rallied for a unanimous decision over Pedro Munhoz.
Firstly, if we compare the styles of the two bantamweights, Nunes is exceptional on all fronts. Meanwhile, Julianna’s grappling is way better than her striking. Nunes’ UFC Bantamweight Championship will be on the line. A judge later granted a stipulation order of continuance in her case such that if Peña had no other incidents for a year, the case would be dismissed. Peña was expected to face Sara McMann on January 16, 2021 at UFC on ABC 1 before being pushed back a week later to UFC 257 on January 24, 2021.
What Pena does so well is she uses a lot of striking pressure and aggressive forward movement to bully her way into the clinch. Read on for our Nunes vs. Pena predictions, staff picks, and betting odds for this UFC 269 co-main event. Brazilian fighter Charles Oliveira enter the Octagon in his lightweight title fight against Dustin Poirier to successfully defend his title. Oliveira set the UFC record for stoppage victories by beating Michael Chandler with punches, and his finish of Poirier increased the record to 18.
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A rematch is most likely, but she could also defend her featherweight belt. The first openly lesbian U.F.C. champion, Nunes recently married her partner, and they had a baby last year; White said it would not be surprising if Nunes stopped fighting. But Peña, who entered the promotion in 2013, had wanted to to fight Nunes for five years, ever since the night Nunes beat Tate to become champion at U.F.C. 200 in 2016.
The Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner is now 7-2 in the UFC. Pena’s best course of action is to get Nunes on the ground and turn this into a wrestling match. Nunes has too many moves and is simply overpowering in the standup game. Amanda Nunes is the favorite in this fight, but she is not one to take any match for granted. Nunes chops Pena down with a calf kick but Pena gets back up and Nunes is looking like a predator in there early.
“The Lioness” hasn’t lost in seven years and has all but cleared out her division. Further, she has fought and beat Shevchenko, the dominant flyweight champ, not once but twice. Nunes is a different animal in the cage than her opponents. She throws with more power, has a higher level of striking acumen, pushes a higher pace, and lands with more violence than almost anyone she faces. Her overhand right is her patented knockout punch but the combinations she throws leading up it are the reason her right-hand finds the mark. In the grappling department, Nunes continues her domination.
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“The Lioness” has been undefeated since 2015 and in that span has claimed both the UFC bantamweight and featherweight championships. Notably, six fighters are tied for the second most consecutive wins in UFC history with 13. Only one fighter, Anderson Silva, has ever won more UFC fights in a row with 16. The UFC has an issue with finding talent for their women’s bantamweight and women’s featherweight divisions. There is no one who really looks like a viable threat to current double-champion Amanda Nunes. It’s not because Nunes is unbeatable, she’s lost four times, it’s that the UFC’s best female fighters aren’t in her weight class.
Coming into this fight, Nunes is landing 4.5 strikes per minute, 51% significant, and has a clear striking advantage over her opponent in Peña. With more than 60% of her UFC wins coming via KO/TKO, Peña will be on high alert early and often. During this morning’s Orange Bowl press conference, head coach Jim Harbaugh said that safety Daxton Hill is “working through something right now.” Harbaugh added that Hill is not currently in Florida. Rumors began circulating earlier this week that Hill was not in Miami with the team. Aaron Rodgers says he won’t drag out any offseason decisions regarding his future with the Green Bay Packers. “I’m just savoring this year as much as anything,” Rodgers said Wednesday.
This meant that she would no longer be able to step into the Octagon to face Pena at the event in Houston, Texas. After having to isolate and pulling out of the UFC 265 lineup on August 7, the clash is now set for December! On December 11, Nunes’ bantamweight crown will be on the line. She’ll fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, to defend her 135lb for the first timein two years. According to White, it’s a sure thing but it will depend on Nunes’ decision.