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UFC 232 Betting Preview: Cyborg vs. Nunes, Plus Undercard Bets

Dec 28, 2018 3:04 PM EST
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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: (left) Amanda Nunes, Cris Cyborg.

  • Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (-265) and Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (+210) close out 2018 for the women’s divisions in a champion versus champion bout.
  • Michael Chiesa (-185) vs. Carlos Condit (+150) and Chad Mendes (-155) vs. Alex Volkanovski (+125) provide betting opportunities on the undercard of UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2.

Betting odds: Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes

  • Cris Cyborg -265
  • Amanda Nunes +210
  • Time: Approx. 11:30 p.m. ET
  • Channel: UFC Pay-Per-View

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The co-main event of UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 features the biggest female superfight in UFC history. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion (135 lbs.)

Amanda Nunes is moving up a weight class to challenge Cris “Cyborg” Justino for the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship (145-pound limit). Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is favored to retain her title against Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC).

A comprehensive breakdown of the rematch between Jones vs. Gustafsson can be found here.

Cyborg vs. Nunes

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino

Cristiane Justino, an MMA veteran of 13-plus years and undefeated in her past 20 bouts, is known to fans by a much more appropriate name: Cyborg.

The most dominant female in the history of MMA has proven to be every bit the destroyer that Ronda Rousey was built up to be, as Cyborg has reeled off twenty consecutive victories since losing her professional debut. She went on a warpath through EliteXC, Strikeforce, Invicta FC, and eventually the UFC.

In the UFC, Cyborg is 5-0 with four stoppages via strikes. She captured the vacant UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship in her third UFC bout and has successfully defended it against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya.

Pressure striking is the basis of Cyborg’s game. She combines her superior athleticism with Muay Thai-style strikes to overwhelm her opponents. Cyborg attacks in every phase of the game — whether she’s punching in the pocket, throwing kicks at range, or landing knees to the body in the clinch — and never allows her opponent to get comfortable.

During her UFC tenure, the most notable improvements to Cyborg’s game have been her boxing fundamentals. Under the tutelage of Jason Parillo, Cyborg has developed improved head movement and footwork, allowing her to be even more effective with her most devastating weapon: her hands.

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