UFC 224 Primer: Brazil Is All About Love

Amanda Nunes UFC 215

Amanda Nunes UFC 215

UFC 224 will take place this Saturday, May 12th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nunes (15-4) earned her first title shot in UFC against Miesha Tate for the UFC women's bantamweight championship at the historic UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. The co-main event will see middleweights Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum do battle in a potential title eliminator.

If you only tuned in to the pay-per-view portion of UFC 224 you missed out on some massive fights and some top-notch Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Preliminaries start at 8 p.m. on FX, and "early preliminaries" start at 6:15 on UFC Fight Pass.

Nunes possesses a powerful and fairly effective wrestling game, where she uses her tenacity to string takedown attempts together until she gets her opponents on their backs. While Dern calls the US home, she's the daughter of legendary Brazilian MMA fighter Wellington "Megaton" Dias so Dern, a renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who earned her black belt at age 19, will certainly be the fan favorite here.

This should be the top fight on the card as two talented middleweights square off. Oddsmakers have Souza (25-5) as the favorite with odds of -145 to win.

"Definitely this fight I'm going to make a statement".

Jacare was a champion in Strikeforce, when he had to fight the likes of Robbie Lawler and Luke Rockhold, but he has never been a UFC champion. Machida is a cautious fighter and his chin has been weakening over the years.

This will be an unofficial Main Event for the Brazilian fans as they get to see Vitor Belfort fight in the UFC for probably the last time as this is the final fight on his contract. In fact, many believe "The Dragon" was gifted a decision win over Eryk Anders in his last bout.

In other words, that gives her some unique insight into Saturday night's main event. It'll be a tall task as Lineker has gone 7-1 in his last eight bouts and his only loss in that span was to reigning bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

The main card also includes the much-hyped and unbeaten Mackenzie Dern taking on Amanda Cooper at women's straw-weight while John Lineker and Brian Kelleher also face off at bantamweight. I like the champ to win. Gastelum is a fantastic wrestler but will lose in a grappling match with Souza. Even "Bullet" had problems in both her bouts against "The Lioness". For the first time, Nunes is a favorite - and a big favorite at that.

Mackenzie Dern has star potential in the UFC, but this weekend has already cast a shadow of doubt over that. With blood pouring from her Nose, Pennington surrendered her back and made no attempt to defend herself from the punches that followed, forcing referee Marc Goddard's hand.

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