- Amanda Nunes -1000 odds against Megan Anderson at BetOnline are the highest in the Lioness’ UFC career.
- Nunes is set to defend her UFC featherweight belt against Anderson at UFC 259 in March 2021.
- The Lioness is widely considered as the GOAT of women’s MMA and the oddsmakers are starting to treat her as such.
Oddsmakers have shown little love to UFC women’s double champion Amanda Nunes over the years. The Lioness has been listed as a betting underdog in seven out of her 14 Octagon appearances. Despite that, Nunes has gone 13-1 over that period and has won two UFC belts. She however, has been a sizeable betting favorite in four out of her last five bouts, with her fight against Cris Cyborg the only time she was an underdog during that period. With her next title defense against Megan Anderson rescheduled for UFC 259 this coming March, online sportsbooks are giving her tons of respect.
According to bet maker Betonline, Nunes is a massive -1000 odds on favorite against the +700 odds of the underdog Anderson. This represents the highest odds at which Nunes has been pegged in her UFC career. And that’s not because Anderson isn’t a worthy opponent.
Former Invicta FC Champion
#AndNew !! Megan Anderson takes out Charmaine Tweet to win the Interim Featherweight Championship! #InvictaFC21 pic.twitter.com/ynEEc3EDAB
— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) January 15, 2017
The 30-year old from Queensland, Australia is a former Invicta FC featherweight champion. Anderson knocked out Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 21 in 2017 to win theinterim featherweight title and was later promoted to undisputed champion. She however, never defended her belt as she set her sights on the UFC. The Aussie fighter joined the UFC in 2018, losing to former bantamweight champion Holly Holm in her Octagon debut.
Since that loss though, Anderson has won three out of her last four fights, all via stoppage. She heads to her first UFC title fight with back to back victories over Zarah Fairn Dos Santos and Norma Dumont Viana. With a dearth of contenders and challenger at featherweight, Anderson earned the next crack at Nunes.
But just because there are no other challengers for Nunes in the division doesnt mean that Anderson is a walk in the park. Anderson has a significant size advantage over Nunes as the Aussie is four inches taller and has a three-inch reach advantage. That’s not saying though that she’s going to upset Nunes outright. The Lioness has beaten taller and bigger foes in the past. Cris Cyborg is just one of them.
Women’s MMA GOAT
There is no debate – @Amanda_Leoa is the GOAT! https://t.co/yBwxzDAIXz pic.twitter.com/2MZKKQz1PZ
— UFC (@ufc) October 7, 2020
Nunes is considered by many as the GOAT of women’s MMA. She is currently the UFC’s women’s bantamweight and featherweight champions and the first female fighter to win two different weight classes, and hold two titles simultaneously. She is also the first double champion in UFC history, regardless of gender, to successfully defended two belts. The Lioness is on an 11-fight winning streak, the longest ever in the history of UFC women’s MMA.
She has not tasted defeat since a surprise knockout loss to Cat Zingano in 2014. Since then, she has been on a tear with seven finishes, five by knockout and two via submission. In her last fight, Felicia Spencer survived 25 minutes against Nunes, which is a big accomplishment. But let’s not forget she left the Octagon looking like this:
Congrats to Amanda Nunes
And what a heart by Felicia Spencer#UFC250 pic.twitter.com/JadISVhz8J
— Tony Mtz. ???? (@TonyMtz07) June 7, 2020
During her six year unbeaten streak Nunes has beaten the likes of Ronda Rousey, Valentina Schevchenko, Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, and Cris Cyborg. That’s like conquering the Mount Rushmore of women’s MMA. Critics point out that Nunes doesn’t have the star power that the likes of McGregor have or Rousey had. But the only reason why she isn’t as big a star as the two is that she is always expected to win. In short, she’s been simply too good, even for the elite competition. Now the sportsbooks are also recognizing that.