UFC 259 Night of Three Titles: Nunes vs. Anderson

UFC 259

 

Megan Anderson finds herself as the biggest underdog fighting on UFC 259 at +750. She is facing the incredibly tall task of overcoming improbable odds to defeat a living legend, Amanda Nunes. The two-weight champion is the greatest female fighter of all time and a justifiably huge favorite at -1250. Nunes carries an eleven-fight winning streak into this bout and is a dominant two-weight champ for a reason. The champ-champ is an explosive finisher who is just as good on the ground as she is standing. Megan Anderson is a tall and long fighter with the capability to generate a lot of power from her frame. Past opponents have been able to control Anderson on the ground. Nunes may opt to use the same strategy as Anderson’s past opponents, in which case the sizable underdog will have a lot to overcome.

 

Megan Anderson (11-4)

Megan Anderson is a former Invicta FC featherweight champion, and she was thrown to the wolves in her first UFC fight when she faced Holly Holm. She took the loss to Holly Holm but has won her last two and is 3-2 in the UFC. All of her wins have come by finish in the first round. Anderson has the capability to use her long frame to do damage from a distance and generate big power. One of Anderson’s best weapons that I have observed is her clinch knees, which she used effectively in the Holm fight. She is also the owner of a KO right cross if she can catch her opponent at the end of it as she did with Norma Dumont.

Anderson has a nice lead left head kick, and all of these weapons play well with her long frame. Her best weapons require her to dictate the distance at which the fight takes place, which may be difficult against Nunes. Anderson is not known for her grappling abilities, and that likely to be exploited by her opponent.

Amanda Nunes (20-4)

UFC 259 Fight At a Glance

Amanda Nunes is the champion of half of the women’s divisions in the UFC. She carved a destructive path through the bantamweight division that led to her taking the belt from Miesha Tate and defending it against Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko notably. After her third defense of the bantamweight title, Nunes would go up to 145 to challenge for the title. Nunes KO’d Cris Cyborg in the first round to claim her second UFC title belt. She would then defend three times, including a spectacular head-kick KO victory over Holly Holm. This run has made Nunes the GOAT of women’s MMA in the minds of many.

Skill Breakdown

Amanda Nunes is a very well-rounded fighter skill-wise and hits very hard. Beyond that, she is accurate, controls distance well, and is very good at making reads and adjustments. Nunes has good wrestling skills and can get a takedown if she wants to and will likely be able to score on her opponent in this fight. Once it hits the floor, Amanda Nunes is a BJJ black belt under Daniel Valverde and has a good choke from the back. Nunes is a dangerous striker, backing up a deep understanding of striking for MMA with fast reads and big power. Amanda’s fight IQ was on display when she read Holm’s sidekick, and KO’d her when it was chambered.

Takeaway and Prediction for UFC 259

It’s unquestionable that Megan Anderson faces long odds to defeat the female GOAT, Amanda Nunes. The champ’s body of work speaks for itself in this one, and I expect her to finish her opponent before the championship rounds. Nunes has shown to have heavy leg kicks and strong hooks, which will serve her well in this fight. Nunes will likely land early and get her opponent thinking about the striking and finish a takedown. I could see Nunes getting the choke or stopping this fight by strikes. Anderson is a talented fighter presenting some stylistic and physical challenges for Nunes. In the end, I think the things she has in her favor will not be enough for Anderson to defeat the GOAT at UFC 259.

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