UFC 277 Pena vs Nunes 2: Top-5 Light Heavyweights Kick off the Main Card

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Updated October 14, 2022
5 min read
  • Amanda Nunes gets a chance to avenge her UFC 269 loss
  • Flyweights co-main event for the interim title
  • Top-5 light heavyweights kick off the main card

UFC 277: Pena vs Nunes 2

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Fighter Odds
(C) Julianna Pena +230
Amanda Nunes -275
Fighter Odds
Brandon Moreno -210
Kai Kara-France +180
Fighter Odds
Derrick Lewis +115
Sergei Pavlovich -135
Fighter Odds
Alexandre Pantoja -190
Alex Perez +160
Fighter Odds
Anthony Smith +410
Magomed Ankalaev -520

UFC 277: Pena vs Nunes 2 – Picks & Predictions

(C) Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes – Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Amanda Nunes (-275)

Brandon Moreno vs Kai Kara-France – Interim Flyweight Championship

Brandon Moreno (-210)

Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich – Heavyweight Division

Sergei Pavlovich (-135)

Alexandre Pantoja vs Alex Perez – Flyweight Division

Alexandre Pantoja (-190)

Anthony Smith vs Magomed Ankalaev – Light Heavyweight Division

 Magomed Ankalaev (-520)

Ufc 277 Pena Vs Nunes 2

Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes – Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Julianna Pena TALE OF THE TAPE Amanda Nunes
32 Age 34
5 ft. 7 in. Height 5 ft. 8 in.
69 in. Reach 69 in.
11-4 Record 21-5

The consensus women’s G.O.A.T. Amanda Nunes gets a chance to avenge her UFC 269 bantamweight title loss this Saturday night (while still holding the women’s featherweight championship).

Prior to her loss to Julianna Pena last December, Nunes had won 12-straight across two weight divisions. Before Pena, Nunes hadn’t lost since 2014.

Pena, the first woman to win the Ultimate Fighter tournament show, had only been 2-2 over her last four fights prior to challenging for the title. She entered her first fight against Nunes on the back of a submission win over Sara McMann.

In what earned her a performance bonus, Pena shocked the world when she submitted Nunes in the second round of their championship fight. A rematch was announced almost immediately.

Pena holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu but Nunes boasts a black belt as well as a brown belt in judo.

Despite being the bantamweight champion heading into this bout, Pena is listed as a +230 underdog.

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Brandon Moreno vs Kai Kara-France – Interim Flyweight Championship

Brandon Moreno TALE OF THE TAPE Kai Kara-France
28 Age 29
5 ft. 7 in. Height 5 ft. 4 in.
70 in. Reach 69 in.
19-6-2 Record 24-9, 1 no-contest

For the first time since December 2020, Brandon Moreno will fight someone not named Deiveison Figueiredo.

The two first fought in 2020 for the flyweight title but it was judged a draw. Moreno won their 2021 rematch, making him the undisputed flyweight champion. However, he lost the trilogy bout in 2022 back to Figueiredo.

Kai Kara-France has now won three in a row – most recently defeating Askar Askarov by unanimous decision this past March.

But Kara-France has lost to Moreno once before, by unanimous decision at UFC 245 in 2019.

Kara-France’s blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu will be tested against the former champion’s black belt.

Despite training with City Kickboxing and some of the best fighters in the world, Kai Kara-France enters this contest as a +180 underdog.

Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich – Heavyweight Division

Derrick Lewis TALE OF THE TAPE Sergei Pavlovich
37 Age 30
6 ft. 3 in. Height 6 ft. 3 in.
79 in. Reach 84 in.
26-9, 1 no-contest Record 15-1

Despite being only 1-2 over his last three fights, Derrick Lewis is still one of the biggest fan favorites in the sport of MMA.

Lewis lost his most recent bout against Tai Tuivasa via second-round knock out this past February at UFC 271.

Since losing his UFC debut against Alistair Overeem (the only loss of his career thus far), Sergei Pavlovich has now won three-straight – all by KO or TKO – and has two performance bonuses.

Pavlovich is listed as the slight favorite at -135.

Alexandre Pantoja vs Alex Perez – Flyweight Division

Alexandre Pantoja TALE OF THE TAPE Alex Perez
32 Age 30
5 ft. 5 in. Height 5 ft. 6 in.
68 in. Reach 65 in.
24-5 Record 24-6

Also considered the back-up plan should either of the co-main event fighters fall out of this event, Alexandre Pantoja has won two straight – most recently submitting Brandon Royval in the second round of their fight last August.

Alex Perez had his three-fight winning streak snapped when he fought flyweight champion, Deiveison Figueiredo, in 2020. He has yet to fight since.

Pantoja is listed as -190 and that is likely a safe bet as Perez’s inactivity is surely to work against him Saturday night.

Anthony Smith vs Magomed Ankalaev – Light Heavyweight Division

Anthony Smith TALE OF THE TAPE Magomed Ankalaev
34 Age 30
6 ft. 4 in. Height 6 ft. 3 in.
76 in. Reach 75 in.
36-16 Record 17-1

Riding an eight-fight winning streak, with back-to-back wins over former title challengers, Magomed Ankalaev is listed at -520 heading into his fight against Anthony Smith – the biggest betting favorite on the main card.

However, Smith is also enjoying a winning streak – having won three straight, all of them finish with two performance bonuses mixed in.

Smith also holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu which should help him to combat Ankalaev’s sambo abilities.

Ranked at number-four in the division, a win over Smith could put Ankalaev next in line for a light heavyweight title shot.

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