UFC 277 best bets: Nunes-Pena 2

July 27, 2022 08:17 PM
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Back to the Lone Star State — and its notorious athletic commission — we go for UFC 277 from Dallas, featuring 13 MMA battles. The feature card offers rematches in both the main and co-main events. Also of note: Two Texas athletes are on the card, which is relevant in the event of a tightly contested decision.  

Last week, Curtis Blaydes won after a freak injury to Tom Aspinall in London. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good as we invested in Blaydes, who closed as a + 130 underdog. 

Insight the Octagon 2022: 18-10 (+ 7.12 units).

Amanda Nunes (-300) vs. Julianna Pena (+ 245) 

Women’s bantamweight championship (135 pounds) | Main event

Nunes rolled into her first bout with Pena in December at -900 to Pena’s + 600. In the first round, Nunes looked like her old self in domineering Pena early, then a funny thing happened: She ran completely out of juice, which seems to be a theme for the brash power striker over the course of her career.

Pena submitted the seemingly unbeatable Nunes in the second round, proving that focus, belief and unrelenting pressure can overcome pure talent, especially when one party is impeded by success, distraction and a lack of commitment.

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