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In the Women’s Bantamweight division, we have an intriguing fight between Josiane “Josi” Nunes and newcomer Ramona Pascual. Coming off a spectacular knockout victory in her debut, Nunes will step back into the octagon for an encore. A winner of seven straight, six of which have come via knockout, Nunes brings forth a winning pedigree backed by legitimate power. Meanwhile, Pascual steps into her UFC debut on short notice. Currently riding a four fight win streak, with her last fight being under the Invicta FC banner, Pascual will attempt to pull of the upset. With five of her six victories coming via stoppage, Pascual isn’t one to let the judges decide her fate.
As for a prediction, I’ve got Nunes winning. While I credit Pascual for stepping up, I believe she’s in for a rough night. Optically, her record and finishing abilities look all well and dandy. Then when you dive in, you find out that her six wins come against opponents with a combined 6-7 record. On top of that, three victories came against fighters making their professional debuts, while two were against fighters with losing records. Only once has Pascual beaten a fighter with a winning record. A fighter with a pretty novice 2-0 record. Not to harp on her record, but Pascual has lost both her fights via stoppage to mediocre opponents. Given all this, and the fact that Nunes has starched three undefeated fighters in a row via knockout, I don’t see any way Pascual comes out on top. So with that said, I predict Nunes gets it done via knockout in round one.