UFC 224 breakdown, betting odds and picks

Amanda Nunes

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UFC 224 takes place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following preliminary-card bouts on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

"Obviously, you're going to get the occasional person who is going to be hard or insecure about their feelings towards somebody else's sexuality, but I think, for the most part, they would be celebrated and respected, for openly owning their sexuality in a very masculine environment", says Dan. In the main event, women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her 135-pound gold against Raquel Pennington.

Amanda Nunes heads home to Brazil as a world champion. UFC 224 Embedded, Episode 3On Episode 3 of UFC 224 Embedded, women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes makes the most of her downtime with a trip to the mall. She also scored three takedowns and floored Pennington twice. Dern seemed to have trouble while standing in the fight as she prefers to take her opponent to the ground - half of her six wins are by submission.

Valentina Shevchenko was ready for Amanda Nunes, but she is considered better suited to fight as a flyweight.

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Speaking to Sirius XM, Thomas said that he believes Nunes will have to get a quick finish in order to really get herself back out there and get some deserved attention. Lineker has fought just once since, a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera last October. Souza rates the edge in power and versatility, which might make him too much for Gastelum to handle, setting the table for a submission.

Holly Holm is ranked No. 1 and she's 1-4 in her last five fights. A total of 40 per cent of Lineker's wins have come by decision even though he's the type of fighter who likes to advance and use his power punches. I think Souza will be able to trip Gastelum and have his way in top control. He moves very well in the octagon and I think he has the striking advantage and can out-grapple Souza.

Lyoto Machida is listed as a -275 favorite, putting Belfort as a 2.35 to 1 underdog. Machida is listed with odds of -250 to win, while Belfort has a money line of +210 to prevail. The 39-year-old Machida, also a former light-heavyweight champ, ended a three-fight losing streak in February with a split decision over relative unknown Eryk Anders.

The fight turned out to be a masterclass and near-perfect performance for the 22-year old, Namajunas. "And I'm sure it won't be long until at least one of these fighters is confident enough to come out and own their sexuality, and I think it will be a great day when it happens".

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