Women’s bantamweight gold will be on the line at UFC 277, where challenger Amanda Nunes (21-5) looks to avenge her title loss in a main event rematch with Julianna Pena (11-4).
The card takes place Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, with prelim action beginning at 6 p.m. ET, while the main card starts at 10 p.m. Nunes is the -300 favorite in the UFC 277 odds.
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UFC 277 Betting Notes
After defending her bantamweight strap five times, “The Lioness” slipped up in her last bout at UFC 269, allowing Pena — a +700 underdog — to smack her around and submit her by rear naked choke in Round 2, culminating in one of the UFC’s most stunning upsets.
“The Venezuelan Vixen” handed Nunes her fifth career loss and first defeat in 13 fights, making the American the first fighter in six years other than Nunes to wear the belt. Pena has now won back-to-back fights by submission, with eight of her 11 pro wins coming via the finish.
UFC 277: Pena vs Nunes 2 Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has Nunes as a -300 favorite in the UFC 277 odds, leaving Pena with the +220 underdog status.
UFC 277 betting fans looking for a score on the biggest underdog of the event won’t want to miss the prelims, where Adam Fugitt comes in at +445 in his welterweight battle with Michael Morales (-700).
The tightest odds of the evening can be found in a light heavyweight bout between Ihor Potieria (-105) and Nick Negumereanu (-125).
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Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena Odds & Pick
Though still significantly favored, Nunes (-300) enters her rematch against Pena with her tightest odds since 2018, when she was a +160 underdog in a featherweight fight vs Cris Cyborg.
In the pair’s first meeting at UFC 269, the Venezuelan Vixen tagged Nunes with strikes in tight, leading to a wild exchange of hooks in the center of the Octagon to start Round 2. Nunes’ mouth hung open in exhaustion, as she allowed Pena to take her down and execute a rear naked choke submission.
Pena’s fantastic display of heart and pressure against the greatest female fighter of all time helped shine some light on the 32-year-old’s potential as a long-term UFC champion. It will be no easy task, however, to defend her strap against an amped-up Nunes seeking revenge.
The co-main event features an interim flyweight title fight between Brandon Moreno (19-6-2) and Kai Kara-France (24-9). Current champ Deiveson Figueiredo is currently sidelined due to a hand injury, which necessitated the clash between the No. 1 and No. 2 flyweight contenders.
Moreno and Kara-France have fought once before, at UFC 245. Kara-France was the favorite at -165, but Moreno, the underdog at +135, won by unanimous decision.
Pick: Kara-France inside the distance (+400)
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Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich Odds & Pick
Up-and-coming heavyweight Sergei Pavlovich (-154) will look to make a statement as he squares off against Derrick Lewis (+124), the UFC’s all-time knockout leader.
After three years away from the Octagon, the Russian (15-1, ranked 11th) returned with some fury, winning his last bout at UFC London by first-round TKO. At 37 years old, “The Black Beast” (26-9, ranked fifth) is looking to avenge his upset knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271 and prove he’s still got the chops to hang around the top of the heavyweight division.
Pick: Pavlovich by TKO/KO (-105)
Alexandre Pantoja vs Alex Perez Odds & Pick
In a flyweight bout between two top contenders, Alex Perez (+157) returns to the cage for the first time in two years, tangling with Alexandre Pantoja (-190).
Pantoja (24-5, ranked fourth) will enter the UFC 277 odds as a deserving favorite after submitting Brandon Royval, the current No. 5 flyweight, at UFC Vegas 34. Perez (24-6, ranked sixth) last fought vs Figueiredo for the UFC flyweight strap but lost via first-round guillotine choke.
Anthony Smith (+435), a staple in the UFC lightweight division, faces his latest obstacle in a heavy stretch of fearsome opponents against budding fighter Magomed Ankalaev (-650). This is the most lopsided fight out of all the UFC 277 odds on the card.
The Russian (17-1, ranked fourth) enters on an eight-fight win streak, though he’s coming off a lackluster decision win over Thiago Santos that didn’t feature much action. Smith (36-16, ranked fifth), on the other hand, has found his stride and is currently riding a three-fight win streak, with all three victories coming via the finish (two SUB and one doctor stoppage).