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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 277: Pena vs. Nunes 2 picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to break down this week’s UFC event in Dallas, TX. With picks and odds for every bout on the card. From Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes in the main event down to Orion Cosce vs. Blood Diamond in the opening prelim.

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The UFC is back on PPV this week with a card that, while not bad, seems unlikely to get many fans excited. The main event features a women’s bantamweight title fight rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes, with a rematch between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France for an interim flyweight title in the co-main. Derrick Lewis is back in front of home-state fans, and Anthony Smith will battle Magomed Ankalaev for the hopes of a light heavyweight title shot.

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For fans interested in diving deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at the UFC 277 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:

PPV MAIN CARD | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes — At 1:19, Odds 26:08, Picks, Zane: Nunes, Connor: Pena
Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France — At 27:23, Odds 41:16, Picks, Both: Moreno
Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich — At 41:32, Odds 52:26, Picks, Both: Lewis
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez — At 54:18, Odds 1:04:50, Picks, Both: Pantoja
Anthony Smith vs. Magomed Ankalaev — At 1:06:00, Odds 1:17:35, Picks, Both: Ankalaev

ABC PRELIMS | 8pm/5pm ET&PT
Alex Morono vs. Matthew Semelsberger — At 0:52, Odds 14:00, Picks, Both: Morono
Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves — At 18:14, Odds 27:39, Picks, Both: Dober
Don’Tale Mayes vs. Hamdy Abdelwahab — At 27:56, Odds 34:45, Picks, Both: Mayes
Drakkar Klose vs. Rafa Garcia — At 35:10, Odds 40:08, Picks, Both: Klose

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 6pm/3pm ET&PT
Michael Morales vs. Adam Fugitt — At 40:29, Odds 45:46, Picks, Both: Morales
Joselyne Edwards vs. Ji Yeon Kim — At 47:20, Odds 54:22, Picks, Both: Edwards
Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ihor Potieria — At 54:29, Odds 59:06, Picks, Both: Negumereanu
Orion Cosce vs. Blood Diamond — At 59:44, Odds 1:05:00, Picks, Both: Cosce

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisections for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’... Standings for our last event, UFC London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall — Zane went 10/14, while Connor went 9/14. So far, here are the overall standings: Zane is now 669/1041 and Connor is now 627/1041. Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_7.28.22.pdf

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