UFC 224 breakdown, betting odds and picks

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UFC213 women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes holds her belt as fighters meet with the media at the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Sat, May 12, 2018 (2 a.m.)

Amanda Nunes’ UFC women’s bantamweight championship reign has consisted entirely of upset victories, as she’s come into each of her three title fights as an underdog.

The odds flip ahead of her attempted third title defense in the main event of UFC 224 tonight at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. For the first time, Nunes is a favorite — and a big favorite at that.

Nunes enters as a minus-900 (risking $9 to win $1) favorite against Raquel Pennington, who comes back at plus-600 (risking $1 to win $6). Pennington has a pair of upset wins of her own during a four-fight winning streak that’s propelled her into the title fight.

The card’s lone championship bout is expected to commence at around 9:30 tonight to cap a pay-per-view portion that begins at 7 p.m. following preliminaries on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check below for breakdowns, odds and picks on every fight from Las Vegas Sun’s Ray Brewer (31-12 year to date), ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield (28-15), KSNV’s Randy Howe (27-16) and Las Vegas Sun’s Case Keefer (23-20).

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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