UFC 239 Predictions

On Saturday night, the UFC returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for one of the year’s most anticipated cards.

On the early ESPN+ Prelims, Invicta FC veterans clash as the “Raging Panda” Julia Avila makes her UFC debut versus TUF 28 finalist Pannie Kianzad. On the ESPN Prelim card, Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos will look to establish herself a contender versus former title challenger Claudia Gadelha. Finally, in the co-main event of the evening, the “Lioness” Amanda Nunes looks to defend the bantamweight throne against former champion Holly Holm.

Members of the WMMA Rankings panel weighed in with their picks and predictions below!

JULIA AVILA VS. PANNIE KIANZAD

Terence:  Two solid fighters making their Octagon debut (although Pannie fought for the TUF belt). I think that this will be a close fight that will hinge on what happens in the third round. Julia Avila by decision.

PICK – JULIA AVILA

Stephen: Avila, decision

PICK – JULIA AVILA

Nick: Pannie is taking this one on only two weeks notice. Both fighters are scrappy and like to move forward so this could be a fun one. I think Avila impresses in her Octagon debut and gets the W.

PICK – JULIA AVILA

CLAUDIA GADELHA VS. RANDA MARKOS

Terence: Randa’s striking has gotten better, but Claudia’s overall game is better. Claudia Gadelha by decision.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA

Stephen: Gadelha, KO

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA

Nick: I like both fighters and I like this matchup. I see this one looking a lot like Gadelha vs. Esparza. I see Claudia starting strong and fading as the fight goes on. I think Randa rallies in the third round to inflict some damage, but CG is tough enough to last and would have done enough to early on to secure a hard fought split-decision.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA

AMANDA NUNES (C) VS. HOLLY HOLM

Terence: Nunes has the power to KO just about anyone, but Holm is tougher than most. Holm might last all five rounds, but I’m giving her two. Amanda Nunes by third round KO/TKO.

PICK – AMANDA NUNES

Stephen: Nunes, KO

PICK – AMANDA NUNES

Nick: Nunes truly is the lioness. Despite Nunes’ insane current streak, give me the underdog for the W. If it makes it past the first round, Holly wins on the score cards (or a by a late head kick).

PICK – HOLLY HOLM


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