Josiane Nunes vs Zarah Fairn dos Santos Prediction
Nunes vs Santos kicks off the early prelims, and has some fairly major implications for the betting favourite Josiane Nunes.
Tale of the tape
|Taila Santos (2013)
Zarah Fairn dos Santos
|Felicia Spencer, Megan Anderson
The Fight Fanatic’s Prediction
Whilst not the highest caliber matchup, here we see two WMMA stand-up strikers looking to secure a finish on the feet. Nunes has shown the most promise out of the two, she has a very reliable overhand, and loves to swarm her opponent’s who usually outsize her.
Speaking of being outsized, Santos will enter the octagon 7 inches taller than her opponent. I don’t believe this will help her, however, as her style of fighting is very reactionary. Santos loves to walk her opponents down, but doesn’t have much output. In previous bouts, she opts to lurch forward with a low lead arm, and enters low, grabbing at her opponents almost like she’s searching for a body-lock.
This would be an extremely foolish approach against Nunes. Although she’s shorter by nearly a foot, her favourite weapon is that winging overhand, which is ideal for landing on Santos’ exposed chin from that low lead arm.
I give Zarah Fairn dos Santos a puncher’s chance, since she obviously has power, and there may be a good strength discrepancy. For my official prediction, I have Josiane Nunes by KO/TKO, or more likely, unanimous decision.
The Fight Fanatic’s pick – Josiane Nunes UD
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