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When Will Amanda Nunes Get the Recognition She Deserves?

When Will Amanda Nunes Get the Recognition She Deserves?

"I live in the USA, but I'm from Brazil and I represent Brazil with the flag and my belt", Nunes told the crowd after her sixth straight win. Gastelum Edges Souza on Scorecards "The Ultimate Fighter 17" victor Kelvin Gastelum made his latest move toward a title shot at 185 pounds, as he eked out a split decision against former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Souza in the co-main event. UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women's bantamweight championship at UFC 218 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View. On the flip side, if Gastelum keeps it standing then the fight should be his. I feel like whatever happens this fight, I will walk away with my belt. She will be the villain in this fight since she is fighting the home favorite.

It's a fitting headliner for a card that has a serious Brazilian presence and should provide some meaningful fights in the other divisions represented.

All in all, I am going to predict that Amanda Nunes wins this fight. Neither fighter is unhittable, but it is possible that Pennington is severely outgunned. But in her last fight against Valentina Shevchenko, she showed improvement in this area. In fact, many believe "The Dragon" was gifted a decision win over Eryk Anders in his last bout.

The 29-year-old broke into UFC with a reputation as a brawler but has refined her skills and will give her former training partner a stern examination in front of her adoring Rio crowd. In the world of MMA and Boxing, those are close odds.

John Lineker and Brian Kelleher will have a bantamweight bout. Those two will fight with the title on the line next month so Jacare still hasn't hit the "losing to people that aren't championship caliber" phase of his career yet. A knockout win wouldn't surprise me for Gastelum, but I think Jacare gets it done in his home country.

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Mackenzie Dern will fight Amanda Cooper with a seven-pound weight advantage after missing weight by a mile. Only time will tell if he's right, but I'm excited to see him fight more if they are anything like his performance tonight.

Gastelum has excellent wrestling but will he being willing to go to the ground with submission specialist Souza?

The only problem is her corner did not want to hear it. The 39-year-old Machida has recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since 2014.

Raquel Pennington is the underdog versus Raquel Pennington, but her pulling off an upset should not come as a surprise. Mackenzie Dern is 6-0 and a Jui Jitsu practitioner and seems to be getting a big push from the UFC to be one of their future stars.