UFC 277 has been set for July 30th to be held at American American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas between Peña and Nunes and it’s a highly anticipated rematch in the women’s bantamweight division. Peña is looking to make her first title defense against her opponent, Nunes, after claiming the 145-pound strap at UFC 269 and Nunes seems to be quite determined to reclaim her lost title. However, what are the betting odds and fight predictions for this particular UFC fight?
Julianna Peña has+240 odds spanning from her previous fight with Amanda Nunes to claim the UFC 269 title while Nunes losing to Peña in their first fight has led to the fighter getting -300 odds from online sportsbooks. As a +240 underdog, there’s an obvious betting value on Peña to win the fight.
This fight is one of the most anticipated fights this year and as an underdog, Peña seems to have more odds and advantages to win the match. However, in this article, I’ll be sharing the odds given to both fighters from the sportsbook and the predictions and outcomes expected from the fight.
Peña vs Nunes 2 Odds
The underdog status has been given to Julianna Peña once again at UFC 277 and she is a +240 underdog. This implies that she has a winning probability of 29.4% from online sportsbooks, and with a $100 bet on Peña you’re set to win a net profit of $240. With these odds, it’s pretty obvious who the favorite fighter will be for the night; however, let’s discuss her opponent’s odds before finally choosing who seems to be the favorite fighter among both fighters.
Nunes’ loss to Peña in their first fight in UFC 269 was a shocker to many because it wasn’t expected since Nunes was the defending champion and she had a lot more advantage at winning, however, she lost fair and square.
This has made the odds makers not pit her as a huge favorite for this second fight however, they aren’t ruling out the possibilities of her winning against the +240 underdog. This led to them giving her a -300 odds which is fair and a good odd for punters who’d place their bets on her winning and reclaiming her title at UFC 277.
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Peña vs Nunes 2 Prediction
Since 2014, Nunes has been on fire as one of the top female fighters in the UFC, however, Peña became the first fighter to stop her reign. This made a huge statement as not many trusted Peña on getting a win over Nunes. Now, online sportsbooks have now placed the odds much closer with Nunes still getting the edge to become “AndNew” at UFC 277.
During the previous fight, Julianna Peña had more advantage over Nunes and the fight didn’t need to hit the ground before she had this advantage over Nunes but on foot as Peña was literally piecing up the “Lioness”.
Nunes has a trend where she either finished her opponents in the first round as her previous opponents like Tate, Rousey, Holm, Cyborg, and Megan Anderson were all 1st round wins while in some instances lately, Germaine de Randamie and Felicia Spencer have made it more difficult by taking their fights with Nunes to the Judge’s scorecards. However, Peña didn’t fall for Nunes’ records and was determined to battle it out till the end of their previous fight at UFC 269.
Peña seemed reenergized during her previous two UFC fights in 2021 where she won both fights by submission. Her first fight was with Sara McMann in January which ended due to submission and Peña was announced the winner, leading to her meeting Nunes in December 2021 where she also emerged the winner after Nunes submitted to her.
In the next UFC 277, I anticipate Nunes to be more prepared and not underrate the underdog as Peña’s an outstanding fighter who shouldn’t be underrated, after all, she won the first fight by submission.
Nunes was very reliant on her power as she was very dependent on her strike’s power, however, once Peña could take a shot and counter it, the counter mostly left Nunes stunned and with no backup strategy, her gameplay was useless on that spot.
With respect to the stats from UFC 269, the stats paint a clearer picture of Nunes pushing the pace too hard in the first round, however, the tide switched swiftly in the second round and we had Peña punishing Nunes with 74 strikes landed while Nunes barely had 36 strikes landed.
Peña’s efficient straight jabs caught Nunes clean almost every time the strikes landed on her, in turn destabilizing her and giving Peña the chance to take advantage of the situation. In UFC 277, Nunes will need better striking defense as it seems she underrated jabs as a tool that could make a difference in a fight.
Peña did use the jabs as a tool to keep Nunes at distance and catch her every time she came within reach. If the fight goes to the championship rounds, the odds will be more in favor of Nunes given her previous championship-level experience.
However, if the “Lioness” takes as much damage as she did in their previous fight together, she will be fatigued and it’ll be easier for Peña to finish her off and end the fight.
Since Peña is a +240 underdog, there’s obvious vetting value on Peña winning this fight once again, but Nunes shouldn’t be ruled out due to her previous championship-level experience which could play a huge factor in her winning the fight.
Most betting picks favor Peña to win inside the distance, however, you can check out the UFC 277 prop bets for Peña to win inside the distance, by submission, or TKO.
UFC 277 Card
- Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes (Women’s bantamweight championship)
- Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France (interim flyweight championship)
- Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich (Heavyweight)
- Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez (Flyweight)
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith (light heavyweight)