UFC 259 Betting Prediction: Champion Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson

Looking at UFC 259’s main card and you will see a few title bouts to choose from. On the co-main event of the night, this is one of those options. You will have the opportunity to check out Amanda Nunes as she takes on challenger Megan Anderson.

Date: SAT, MAR 6

Time: 9:00 PM CST

Watch On: ESPN+

Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas United States

The Fighters

Amanda Nunes (20-4-0)

Nunes is currently the women’s featherweight champion. She is also on an 11 fight winning streaking that has dated back several years of excellence since 2015.

Her fighting resume shows that she has 13 wins by knockout, three by submission, and four by decision. She also has 13 first-round finishes with a combination of knockouts and submissions.

“Lioness” has a striking accuracy at 51 percent and a grappling accuracy at 53 percent. She lands 4.44 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.47. This is a great ratio that shows a clear separation between the two averages.

Nunes has a takedown defense of 84 percent and a significant strike defense at 57 percent. She also averages 2.53 takedowns and 0.70 submissions every 15 minutes.

Megan Anderson (11-4-0)

Anderson is currently on a two-fight winning streak as she prepares for this matchup. Her last encounter was a first-round knockout win against Norma Dumont back in February of 2020.

Her fighting resume shows that she has a balanced resume of six wins by knockout, three by submission, and two by submission. She also has six first-round finishes with a combined effort of knockouts and submissions.

She has a striking accuracy of 46 percent and a grappling accuracy of 33 percent. She lands 1.82 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.94. This ratio is on the negative side and could play a big role in this fight.

Anderson has a takedown defense at 53 percent and a significant strike defense at 38 percent. She also averages 0.56 takedowns and 0.60 submissions every 15 minutes.

UFC 259: Nunes vs. Anderson Betting Odds & Lines

The market is showing Nunes to be an overwhelming favorite in this matchup. For the moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:

Nunes: -1000

Anderson: +700

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Anderson’s flaws in her fighting resume will show up if she is not ready for this fight. She is a great striker in previous fights, but her time in the UFC has not shown fans or bettors the confidence in betting on her.

Nunes is a beast, simply put. Although she is not undefeated, there is not much competition left out there to take her down at this time.

Most people might be attracted to the payday that this could bring if picking Anderson. This fight will be surprising if Nunes allows it to last the second round. Look for this to be handled quickly.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Nunes wins by knockout, at -1000

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