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Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes UFC 200 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/9/16

Nunes vs. Tate

UFC: Saturday, July 9, 2016 (T-Mobile Arena)

the Line: Nunes +205 / Tate -245 -- Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: PPV

Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes fight Saturday night during UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

Miesha Tate enters this fight with a 18-5 record and has won 44 percent of her fights by decision. Tate has won her last five fights and is coming off a March win over Holly Holm. Tate is averaging 1.99 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.5 percent. Tate is averaging 2.18 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34.1 percent. Tate will have her first title defense after choking out Holm in a shocking upset as a near +300 underdog. Tate has found some serious consistency as of late and continues to be that tough fighter who wears down her opponents. Tate may not have the sexiest fighting style, but her wrestling and grappling attack is top notch and makes her a tough fight against anybody. This will be Tate’s fifth fight in Las Vegas.

Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes UFC 200 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/9/16

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Amanda Nunes enters this fight with a 12-4 record and has 75 percent of her fights by knockout. Nunes has won her last three fights and is coming off a March win over Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes is averaging 3.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.5 percent. Nunes is averaging 2.22 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.8 percent. Nunes has earned a shot at the belt with her current impressive stretch of victories. Nunes is a pit bull in the octagon with nine of her 12 wins coming by knockout, as she lands accurate and powerful strikes, and she knows how to jump on her opponent. Nunes has also improved her wrestling over the years and has two submission victories in her last six wins. This will be Nunes’ third fight in Las Vegas.

I’m really tempted to take Nunes for the upset due to her athleticism and striking ability. Nunes could end this fight with one or two swings. However, didn’t we say the same about Holm? Tate is really starting to grow on me, as she just finds ways to make her opponent adjust to her and is relentless with her takedown attack. Tate will have a massive advantage if this fight goes to the canvas.

While I wouldn’t be shocked if Nunes wins, I’m going with Tate to remain champion.

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