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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington picks, odds, & analysis

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Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With picks and odds for every bout on the card. From Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington in the main event, down to James Bochnovic vs. Markus Perez in the opening prelims.

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After two weeks off, the UFC returns, with a PPV card that’s... fine. There are a lot of little things to like about UFC 224, but it’s hard to point to anything big, outside of Nunes and Pennington making history as the first out, gay fighters to headline a major fight card. Otherwise even with names like Jacare Souza, Vitor Belfort, and Lyoto Machida dotting the PPV, it’s hard to feel like any one fight carries the weight of a $60 price tag.

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Here’s a look at the UFC 224 lineup as it stands right now:

Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington - 1:53:31
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum - 1:39:05
Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper - 1:32:10
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher - 1:20:11
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida - 1:13:49

Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson - 1:05:22
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Junior Albini - 56:07
Davi Ramos vs. Nick Hein - 47:50
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Sean Strickland - 40:06

Warlley Alves vs. Sultan Aliev - 31:27
Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson - 21:22
Alberto Mina vs. Ramazan Emeev - 13:01
Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic - 4:16