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We have a showdown in the Women’s Strawweight division, as Sam “Sampage” Hughes takes on Istela Nunes. Looking to halt a three-fight skid, Hughes will enter the octagon with her back up against the wall. Seeing that Hughes is being given a fourth chance, is fortunate, and one she can’t afford to not cashing in on. Meanwhile, Nunes too is seeking her first UFC victory. Having unsuccessfully won in her debut six months ago, Nunes will look for 2022 to be her shining moment inside the octagon.

As for a prediction, I have Nunes winning. While Hughes has fought some tough competition, it’s clear that she may have been brought into the UFC a little too soon. Surprisingly though, the UFC must think favorable of Hughes given this fourth crack. I however, am not on the same page as them, especially against Nunes. A Muay Thai Specialist who has a 50-4 record in that discipline. With a victory over Mei Yamaguchi on the regional scene, Nunes has the ability to make some noise at Strawweight. In my opinion, it starts here. So with that said, I predict that Nunes wins via decision.

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