MMA DFS Playbook: UFC 224 - Nunes vs. Pennington

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Nunes (15-4) is now on a six fight win streak, which includes two submissions and two TKO's.

Nunes will step into the Octagon tonight at UFC 224, and will be looking to defend the 135 title against Raquel Pennington. In her fight before that, Nunes knocked out Rousey in just 48-seconds. He has used his vastly improved striking skills to win 10 of his last 12 fights, with the only losses coming to middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and the man he will fight for the belt next month, Yoel Romero. Middleweight Jacare Souza readies for his first UFC fight in Rio. Dern is a potential superstar and if she's on her game, this should be a showcase. Pennington hasn't lost since a decision loss to former bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 184 in February 2015. But whereas Nunes is explosive and deadly with her fists, Pennington is all about being durable... and that's a unsafe way to be against someone so adept at clobbering people.

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Pennington's best performance to date comes against a Miesha Tate that has since retired and the other three fighters that she's beaten (Elizabeth Phillips, Bethe Correira and Jessica Andrade) are simply a cut below contender status.

And the opening main card bout of the night will feature two Brazilian UFC legends, as Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort takes on fellow countryman, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida, in a battle of former UFC light-heavyweight world champions in a bout Belfort says may well be his last.

Kelvin Gastelum has made a habit out of finishing aging fighters.

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Vitor Belfort claims that this will be his last fight. The UFC tweeted Gastelum celebrating after the knockout. Souza (25-5) is priced at -150 with Gastelum (15-3) at +120. 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. This might have been a bad idea on the part of Kelleher to fight Lineker in Brazil. Both fighters are former champions, from Brazil and are at the tail end of their careers.

The subject is a big talking point on this week's BBC MMA Show podcast with Dan Hardy, Nick Peet, and OJ Borg discussing the boundary-breaking title fight.

Belfort is still risky, but only for the first few minutes of the fight. Kelleher is tough. He has a durable chin and a good shot at taking this fight to a decision.

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