UFC 224 Post-Fight Press Conference

UFC 224 Post-Fight Press Conference

The official weigh-in for Ultimate Fighting Championship's UFC 220 takes place at 2 p.m. Friday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the main event, UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is set to defend her title against Raquel Pennington.

Co-headlining the main event is a middleweight fight between another Brazilian in Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Kelvin Gastelum. UFC 224 Embedded, Episode 2On Episode 2 of UFC 224 Embedded, middleweight Lyoto Machida relishes the beauty of his home country. Since returning to the bantamweight division, John Lineker is 5-1, only losing to champion TJ Dillashaw.

Mackenzie Dern has star potential in the UFC, but this weekend has already cast a shadow of doubt over that.

Check below for breakdowns, odds and picks on every fight from Las Vegas Sun's Ray Brewer (31-12 year to date), ESPN Radio's Steve Cofield (28-15), KSNV's Randy Howe (27-16) and Las Vegas Sun's Case Keefer (23-20). The champion needed a bout and Pennington happens to be the one who has the best resume for a shot at this point. Lineker has fought just once since, a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera last October.

Legends will open up the main card, as Lyoto Machida fights Vitor Belfort.

Riding a four-fight win-streak, however, including her most recent victory over former champion Miesha Tate, Pennington is not to be underestimated. On the flip side, if Gastelum keeps it standing then the fight should be his. "Of course I want to evolve and when I saw the opportunity to fight in Brazil I got off my last fight feeling good I wasn't injured or anything and in Rio, I couldn't miss the opportunity to fight in Brazil". That said, Jacare can be risky on his feet as well. Gastelum is a fantastic wrestler but will lose in a grappling match with Souza. Given the "home-field" advantage, I do think he will walk away the victor here at UFC 224, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Kelvin catch Souza cold.

The 38-year-old Souza is nearing the last-chance saloon if he is to achieve his dream of being crowned UFC champion, but as the No.2 contender now, a victory here could re-insert him back into the conversation.

I feel like Nunes is dodging Cris Cyborg with this fight. Raquel Pennington is a puncher with a strong chin. Even "Bullet" had problems in both her bouts against "The Lioness". "This is the first time", Nunes said. I can see "Hands of Stone" taking a decision win. So it actually might be worth it to just throw a few bucks on Pennington who is a longshot at +600.

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