Bea Malecki vs. Josiane Nunes Odds, Preview and Prediction (August 21): UFC

Bea Malecki vs. Josiane Nunes Odds, Preview and Prediction (August 21): UFC

Time (Preliminary Card) 7:00 p.m. EST
Bea Malecki money line -150
Josiane Nunes money line +125


Key stats
  Bea Malecki Josiane Nunes
Height 5'9 5'2
Weigh 135 135
Reach 74" 67"
Record 4-0 7-1
Streak W4 W6
Last 5 4-0 5-0



The women’s bantamweight division takes center stage, as Bea Malecki and Josiane Nunes throw down. Malecki enters this contest undefeated, having already notched two UFC wins to her belt. The Swede though hasn’t fought in seventeen months, so it will be interesting to see what this layoff has done for her. As for Nunes, the 5’2 bulldozer might be too small for the weight class, but her power has reigned supreme. On the regional scene, Nunes has won seven fights, six via stoppage. Does that trend continue into her UFC debut?


This fight has to be one of the harder one’s to predict. Both women come into this contest with certain abilities they are strong in, and then others that are either lacking or quite frankly, unknown. The one glaring aspect of this fight that stands out to me is that both have resumes chock full of inexperienced or tailor-made opponents. Bea Malecki has two UFC victories, but one came against an opponent who gassed out after dominating the Swede and the other came against a blown up Flyweight. Meanwhile, Josiane Nunes has fought two undefeated fighters in a row. Neither of them however were strikers, thus eventually leading to Nunes swarming her foes via strikes.

As for a prediction, I’m going to side with the underdog Nunes. I know that Malecki is going to tower her and will have a seven inch reach advantage, but her lack of power and technique on the feet give way to Nunes entering the pocket. With power and a knack for throwing combinations, I liken Nunes to land the more meaningful strikes in the fight. In fact, given the lack of wrestling and grappling by both women - I foresee Nunes eventually landing the knockout blow in the later rounds.

PICK: Josiane Nunes (+125)

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