Saturday, may 12, 2018,
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington
MMA fans are in for a treat as UFC 224 is set to go down Saturday, May 12th, from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Top billing on the card is the women's bantamweight title fight featuring champion Amanda Nunes facing Raquel Pennington. Also fighting will be Kelvin Gastelum vs Ronaldo Souza and Vitor Belfort facing Lyoto Machida.
UFC 224 Odds
Middleweight 3 rounds
- Kelvin Gastelum +110
- Ronaldo Souza -130
Middleweight 3 rounds
- Vitor Belfort +190
- Lyoto Machida -230
Bantamweight 5 rounds
- Raquel Pennington +375
- Amanda Nunes -470
Nunes -470 vs. Pennington +375
UFC 224's main event will feature women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defending her strap against good friend and top contender Raquel Pennington (+375).
Nunes captured the bantamweight title with a first-round submission win over Miesha Tate. In her first defense of the belt, Nunes earned a 48-second TKO win over Rousey. Her most recent defense was a five-round split decision victory over Valentina Shevchenko in September.
This will be Nunes' first fight since September 2017. Another title defense will put her in line for a shot at featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. Nunes last loss was a third-round TKO defeat to Cat Zingano in September 2014.
Does underdog challenger Pennington have a shot at beating the champ? She is on a four-fight win streak with victories over Jessica Andrade, Bethe Correia and Miesha Tate. Pennigton's last defeat came at the hands of Holly Holm. That bout took place in February 2015. Two fights after defeating Pennington, Holm captured the bantamweight title with a knockout win over Ronda Rousey.
Belfort +190 vs. Machida -230
A middleweight fight between Brazilian legends Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida will be a great treat for the home crowd in Rio.
Belfort, 40, is coming off a decision win over Nate Marquardt last June and before that he had KO'd in four of his last five fights.
"May 12, [Machida] and I will step into the Octagon as professionals and we (sic) still be friends," Belfort wrote after announcing the fight on Instagram. "Always respecting each other, and the way we will do that is giving our best in the Octagon."
Machida, 39, earned a split decision win against Eryk Anders earlier this month after an 18-month drug suspension.
Souza -130 vs. Gastelum +110
A bout between top-five middleweight contenders Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Kelvin Gastelum might be the fight everyone talks about the morning after.
Souza KO'd Derek Brunson in January and the Brazilian is the No. 2-ranked 185-pound contender in the UFC.
Gastelum's last bout ended former champion Michael Bisping losing consciousness. The 26-year-old is ranked fifth in his weight-class.
Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington
Ronaldo Souza vs Kelvin Gastelum
Mackenzie Dern vs Amanda Cooper
John Lineker vs Brian Kelleher
Vitor Belfort vs Lyoto Machida
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.