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This is an excellent fight to start the card, as both women fancy themselves strikers. Ariane Carnelossi is a tank, whose power and physical strength have aided her to steamroll the competition. With good cardio, pressure and a high striking output, Carnelossi doesn’t just need her power to defeat her foes. Then there is the Muay Thai Specialist Istela Nunes. With a 50-4 record in Muay Thai, the transition to mixed martial arts has been relatively smooth for Nunes. The striker has built up a 7-1 record, with a notable win over veteran Mei Yamaguchi.

As for a prediction, I have Carnelossi winning. While I expect the fight to be competitive, I just can’t get behind the inactivity of Nunes heading into this fight. She hasn’t fought in over three years, and has dealt with a suspension and an injury along the way. To be given a knockout artist in Carnelossi in your UFC debut, is a tough go. In the end, I see Carnelossi outpointing Nunes on the feet and winning via decision.

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