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UFC 297 Betting Preview: Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva

January 20, 2024

UFC 297 showcases exciting betting opportunities with even better fights. The co-main event is a women’s bantamweight title fight with the belt up for grabs featuring second-ranked Raquel Pennington and third-ranked Bueno Silva. This event takes place on Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 PM ET for the main card in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. Bueno Silva is currently the moneyline favorite at -155.

Raquel Pennington Betting Preview

Pennington has won her last five battles as she approaches this exciting opportunity at the belt. Her most recent success was a split decision victory over Ketlen Vieira back at UFC Fight Night 217.

Her fighting resume showcases 15 wins that have been made up of one knockout, four submissions, and 10 decisions. She has two first round victories, both of which have been by submission. As for her eight losses, six have come by decision.

“Rocky” lands 51 percent of her strikes, but 27 percent of her takedowns. She has landed 4.02 significant strikes each minute and takes on 3.34 in return from opponents. This is a solid ratio, showing a positive correlation.

Pennington averages 0.93 takedowns and 0.62 submissions per 15 minutes of combat. She also has a solid defense against takedowns at 63 percent and against significant strikes at 62 percent.

Mayra Bueno Silva Betting Preview

Bueno Silva is coming off of a no contest against Holly Holm back at UFC on ESPN 49 in July of last year. Prior to that, she has won her last three consecutive fights and has found herself in a good position to potentially earn the belt.

She has accumulated 10 wins consisting of a knockout, seven submissions, and two decisions. Seven of her victories have resulted in first round finishes, while both of her losses have come by decision.

“Sheetara” strikes with an accuracy at 55 percent and lands takedowns at 50 percent. She has been landing 4.16 significant strikes each minute of action, but takes on 4.71 in return and could be an issue here.

Silva puts up 0.35 takedowns and 1.59 submissions per 15 minutes of fight time. She also has solid defense against significant strikes (57 percent) and takedowns (69 percent).

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie reveals the betting odds for this showdown, featuring Mayra Bueno Silva as a slight favorite to succeed. Both fighters have quality resumes, making this a compelling battle to check out.

The vacant belt has been available since Amanda Nunes announced her retirement after her last victory. Otherwise, one of these fighters would have likely been her next opponent. This is a coin flip, regardless of how the odds look, but look for Mayra Bueno Silva to potentially win by decision.

Final Pick: Mayra Bueno Silva -155