Here are Guy Giles's best UFC picks for Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes II at UFC 277 in Dallas. Visit the Betway Insider for picks on all the biggest fights.

Pena vs Nunes odds

Julianna Pena pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history back in December when she submitted Amanda Nunes to claim the bantamweight belt.

Pena was a 7/1 underdog ahead of that first fight at UFC 269 but became only the fifth woman to hold the 135lb belt.

In doing so, she also snapped a 12-fight win streak for Nunes, who is the consensus greatest of all time in women’s MMA. 

Pena now has the task of trying to consolidate that win in an immediate rematch, and once again finds herself as a big underdog.

However, with Pena priced at to win on Saturday in Dallas, the bookies are giving her a much bigger chance of beating Nunes this time round.

Nunes, meanwhile, will attempt to become the UFC’s first two-time women’s bantamweight champ, and further cement her legacy as the best to ever do it.

The Lioness is to reclaim her belt this weekend.

Pena vs Nunes prediction

After the first round in December, which saw Nunes dominate Pena on the feet and the mat, no one could have predicted what would come next.

Pena, despite a significant power discrepancy, stood in front of the champ and drew her into a brawl, one which exhausted Nunes and set the stage for a fight-ending takedown and rear naked choke.

While no one would accuse Nunes of failing to prepare, it did feel a bit like she came into the fight expecting to win, and her departure from American Top Team in the immediate aftermath of the loss to set up her own camp is telling.

Nunes will not make the same mistake of underestimating Pena a second time, and it’s hard to see how the two-weight champ loses the rematch.

What makes Nunes the GOAT is her well-roundedness – she can beat you anywhere, and there is no area where Pena is the superior fighter. There are ways in which Pena can challenge Nunes for sure, but none where she can lay claim to having an advantage.

If Nunes avoids getting sucked into another brawl, she should be able to pick Pena apart on the feet, and can also use her elite grappling to finish the fight on the ground.

The first round of the first fight showed the total dominance that Nunes can have over her opponents, and we should see more of that this weekend.

The other thing to consider here is that Pena has more to lose in this fight, and might not be as willing as she was in December to stand in front of such a devastating striker.

That space should allow Nunes to pick her shots a bit more and prove why she is the best we’ve ever seen. Expect this one to go the way of the Lioness inside the distance.

Nunes to win by KO, TKO, DQ or submission

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