UFC 277: Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes Picks and Predictions

UFC 277: Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes Picks and Predictions Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena

UFC: Saturday, July 30th at 10:00 PM ET

The Line: -- Amanda Nunes -275 / Julianna Pena +210 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes face off on Saturday in the main event for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. These two faced off on December 11th it was Pena that locked in a rear naked choke and secured the big upset. 

Julianna Pena comes into this fight with a 12-4 record overall and she has won two fights in a row. Two fights ago against Sara McCann in June of 2021 she also locked in a rear naked choke and secured that victory too. Pena is averaging 3.36 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.02 significant strikes per minute Pena wants to get the fight to the ground and she is averaging 2.43 takedowns every 15 minutes and she is successful on 55 percent of her takedown attempts. She also stops 22 percent of her opponent's takedown attempts. Pena is also averaging 0.9 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this fight is Amanda Nunes who sit with a 21-5 record overall and she had won 12 fights in a row before losing the last fight. Four of Nunes's last six wins have been by the finish. Nunes's last win came against Megan Anderson in March of 2021 and she locked in a triangle armbar to secure the victory. Nunes is averaging 4.55 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.81 significant strikes per minute. Nunes wants to get the fight to the ground and she is averaging 2.46 takedowns every 15 minutes, and she is successful on 54 percent of her takedown attempts. She also stops 82 percent of her opponent's takedown attempts. 

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No one wants to lose, but the best thing to happen to Nunes in her career was probably that last loss against Pena. in the last fight Nunes gassed out too early, and it’s clear that she was just very confident she was going to win the fight until she didn’t. In this fight, Nunes is going to come in the smarter fighter, and she is going to not try to get the finish early. Nunes is the more skilled fighter and she will wear down Pena here. Nunes is going to win this fight by decision. 

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Shane’s Pick Amanda Nunes by Decision

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