UFC on ESPN 16: Germaine de Randamie vs. Julianna Pena Picks and Predictions
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Julianna Pena vs. Germaine de Randamie
UFC: Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30 PM (Yas Island)
The Line: -- Germaine de Randamie -140 / Julianna Pena +120 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Germaine de Randamie and Julianna Pena face off in a women’s bantamweight showdown at UFC on ESPN 16 at Fight Island at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie comes into this fight with a 9-4 record overall and she comes into this fight having won five of the last six games. The only loss during that stretch for de Randamie was in her last fight against Amanda Nunes, a fight she made it the distance, but she lost by unanimous decision. de Randamie’s last win came against Aspen Ladd in July of 2019, a fight she finished 16 seconds into the fight. Three of de Randamie’s last five fights have come by knockout with the other two coming by decision. de Randamie is averaging 2.72 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.15 significant strikes per minute. De Randamie wants to keep the fight on the feet and she is averaging 0.0 successful takedowns. Her takedown defense is also strong stopping 71 percent of his opponent takedown attempts.
On the other side of this matchup is Julianna Pena who comes into this fight with a 10-3 record and since coming into the UFC she has won five of her last six fights. Pena’s las fight came against Nicco Montano and she had two takedowns which was the difference as she came away with a unanimous decision. Each of Pena’s last three wins have been by unanimous decision. Pena is averaging 2.96 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 1.51 significant strikes per minute. Pena likes to get the fight to the ground and is averaging 2.60 significant strikes per minute. Pena is successful on 52 percent of her takedown attempts but she only stops 28 percent of her opponent takedown attempts. Pena is averaging 0.9 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
This should be a very competitive matchup that is entertaining but de Randamie is still the better fighter and she is going to get the job done in this one. She is the better fighter on the feet and hse is good against takedown attempts. Back de Randamie on the money line.