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We have an intriguing fight in the Women’s Strawweight division, as Cory “Poppins” McKenna takes on Elise Reed. Coming off a successful debut over Kay Hansen, McKenna will look continue her rise up the Strawweight division. A winner of four straight, two of came inside the distance, McKenna heads into her second UFC appearance with momentum. Meanwhile, Reed look to capture her first UFC victory. Having lost in her UFC debut, in a tough draw against veteran Sijara Eubanks, Reed will hope to hone her skills against someone more on par with her.

As for a prediction, I have McKenna winning. An underdog in back-to-back fights, McKenna has proven that she is better than most think. Primarily a wrestler, McKenna has shown improvements in her striking. Something she will need to continue to evolve, as the upper echelon of the division will eat her up. However, at only twenty-two years old, McKenna has a long time to continue to grow. In this fight, Reed may have have the edge on the feet, but McKenna can neutralize Reed similarly to how Eubanks did. Takedowns, control time and ground-and-pound. All of which are strengths of McKenna. So with that said, I predict that McKenna wins via decision.

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