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Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16

Raquel Pennington vs. Bethe Correia

UFC: Saturday, April 16, 2016 (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Bethe Correia +150 / Raquel Pennington -170 Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

Bethe Correia and Raquel Pennington fight late Saturday night on UFC on Fox 19 at the Amalie Arena.

Bethe Correia enters this fight with a 9-1 record and has 78 percent of her fights by decision. Correia has won five of her last six fights and is coming off a August loss to Ronda Rousey. Correia is averaging 6.21 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.3 percent. Correia is averaging 0.4 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 25 percent. Correia is an aggressive striker who delivers hard and accurate punches even if she has just two knockout victories under her belt. Correia doesn’t handle the canvas well, so it’s good that she’s defending 80 percent of her takedowns. Correia has to be eager for this fight after being embarrassed in her last bout, she’ll want to make a statement to those who have wrote her off. This will be Correia’s first fight in Florida.

Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16

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Raquel Pennington enters this fight with a 6-6 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by submission. Pennington has split her last six fights and is coming off a September win over Jéssica Andrade. Pennington is averaging 4.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.9 percent. Pennington is averaging 1.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 46.1 percent. Pennington has some power behind her strikes and has no problem brawling it out, but she’s also defending over 68 percent of her opponent's strikes. Pennington has also improved her grappling over the years and is one of the tougher females in the sport who can take a punch. The concern is Pennington can sometimes take too many strikes, leading to lost rounds and a loss in a decision. This will be Pennington’s first fight in Florida.

I’ll just come out and say it: I’m not a believer at all in Correia. I feel Correia is a lot of bark and little bite, as she’s not polished enough to be taken seriously. Pennington is a balanced fighter who can go toe-to-toe with Correia in striking but also take the fight to the canvas to wear her down. This is Pennington’s chance to kind of get over that hump and win back-to-back fights for just the second time.

Look for Rocky to come out victorious.

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