UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her title in the main event against Raquel Pennington. Nunes, who was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil will have a serious home-field advantage in this one. In the co-main event, Brazilian legend Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will attempt to move one step closer to a middleweight title opportunity when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum.
Let’s look at the 10 things you should know about UFC 224.
Mackenzie Dern Misses Weight…By a Lot
Highly touted UFC women’s strawweight Mackenzie Dern missed weight on Friday by an eye-popping margin. Dern weighed in 7 pounds overweight for her bout with Amanda Cooper. Missing weight by that much is rare and it usually means a fighter simply stopped trying to make the limit when they knew they would be off the mark.
The fight will go on, but Dern will forfeit 30 percent of her purse as a penalty.
- Amanda Nunes (135) vs. Raquel Pennington (135)
- Ronaldo Souza (186) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (185)
- Mackenzie Dern (123)* vs. Amanda Cooper (116)
- John Lineker (136) vs. Brian Kelleher (136)
- Vitor Belfort (184) vs. Lyoto Machida (186)
- Cezar Ferreira (186) vs. Karl Roberson (185)
- Alexey Oleynik (235) vs. Junior Albini (266)
- Davi Ramos (156) vs. Nick Hein (156)
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171) vs. Sean Strickland (170)
- Warlley Alves (171) vs. Sultan Aliev (171)
- Thales Leites (186) vs. Jack Hermansson (186)
- Alberto Mina (171) vs. Ramazan Emeev (171)
- Markus Perez (186) vs. James Bochnovic (186)
*Dern missed weight
How To Watch
- Date: Saturday, May 12
- Time And TV: UFC Fight Pass Prelims – 6:15 pm ET, FX Prelims – 8 pm ET, Main Card – 10 pm ET
- Stream: Fight Pass is stream only, FX Prelims can be streamed on Fox Sports GO and PPV can be streamed on a variety of platforms such as Xbox, PS4, Roku and on UFC.com.
Card, Odds, and Predictions
|Markus Perez ($9200) vs. James Bochnovic ($7000)||Middleweight||Perez -285, Bochnovic +225||Perez by TKO|
|Alberto Mina ($7500) vs. Ramazan Emeev ($8700)||Welterweight||Emeev -200, Mina +160||Mina by TKO|
|Thales Leites ($7900) vs. Jack Hermansson ($8300)||Middleweight||Hermansson -155, Leites +125||Leites by TKO|
|Warlley Alves ($8800) vs. Sultan Aliev ($7400)||Welterweight||Alves -230, Aliev +180||Alves by SUB|
|Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos ($8100) vs. Sean Strickland ($8100)||Welterweight||Dos Santos -135, Strickland +105||Dos Santos by TKO|
|Davi Ramos ($8500) vs. Nick Hein ($7700)||Lightweight||Ramos -140, Hein +110||Ramos by SUB|
|Aleksei Oleinik ($8000) vs. Junior Albini ($8200)||Heavyweight||Albini -155, Oleinik +125||Albini by UD|
|Cezar Ferreira ($7600) vs. Karl Roberson ($8600)||Middleweight||Roberson -130, Ferreira EVEN||Roberson by TKO|
|Vitor Belfort ($7300) vs. Lyoto Machida ($8900)||Middleweight||Machida -270, Belfort +210||Machida by TKO|
|John Lineker ($9000) vs. Brian Kelleher ($7200)||Men’s Bantamweight||Lineker -250, Kelleher +195||Kelleher by UD|
|Mackenzie Dern ($9100) vs. Amanda Cooper ($7100)||Women’s Strawweight||Dern -250, Cooper +195||Dern by SUB|
|Ronaldo Souza ($8400) vs. Kelvin Gastelum ($7800)||Middleweight||Souza -150, Gastelum +120||Souza by SUB|
|Amanda Nunes ($9500) vs. Raquel Pennington ($6700)||Women’s Bantamweight||Nunes -1000, Pennington +600||Nunes by TKO|
This is the second UFC event in Brazil this year, the 33rd all-time and the seventh held in the Jeunesse Arena (formerly known as the HSBC Arena). The last UFC event held at this venue was UFC 212 in June 2017. Brian Kelleher and Vitor Belfort are the only two fighters appearing on this card who also fought at UFC 212.
The Belfort-Machida bout is another one of the card’s big attractions. The two Brazilian legends have never faced each other and this could be the former’s final fight. In an unrelated story, but relevant to the promotion’s visit to Brazil, a number of UFC employees and MMA managers were robbed at gunpoint on Thursday.
There were no injuries reported but the victims lost personal items, credit cards, wallets, etc.