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Holly Holm v Raquel Pennington (January 18)

These two women have met before, back in 2015, and on that night it was Holly Holm who had her hand raised after getting the nod from the judges. So can Raquel Pennington get her revenge here? Since that night Holm has gone on to win and lose a UFC title, and it would not be unfair to say her MMA career has not been as successful as many predicted despite that sensational knockout win that destroyed the aura of invincibility surrounding Ronda Rousey a few years ago. Her losses have tended to come against the cream of the crop in women’s MMA though, so it would be foolish to consider her washed up. Pennington, meanwhile, has gone 1-2 since injury derailed her career in late 2016 and all of 2017, and it must be said that her sole win since returning – a split decision success against Irene Aldana last July – was hardly inspiring. She does not have the stand-up skills to compete with Holm when it comes to striking, so I expect to see a measured and experienced display from ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ as she out-strikes Pennington on her way to a decision win.

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Odds correct at 10:45 GMT on 17/1/2020

Aleksei Oleinik v Maurice Greene (January 18)

2019 was a miserable year for Aleksei Oleinik as he suffered stoppage defeats at the hands of Walt Harris and the hands and knees of Alistair Overeem, so will the Ukrainian enjoy improved fortunes in 2020 starting with a UFC 246 showdown with Maurice Greene? Greene reeled off three straight wins to start his UFC career, but he was stopped inside a round by Sergei Pavlovich last October and I do not see him bouncing back here. The American is certainly no slouch on the mat, but Oleinik is simply better with an incredible record for submitting opponents. It is only a matter of time before this fight hits the canvas and when it does I expect the Ukrainian to register the 46th submission win of his career by forcing Greene to tap.

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Odds correct at 10:45 GMT on 17/1/2020

Anthony Pettis v Carlos Diego Ferreira (January 18)

Carlos Diego Ferreira has been made the odds-on favourite for this fight and it is not a gigantic surprise considering Anthony Pettis’ rollercoaster form over the past few years. Pettis has gone 4-4 in his last eight fights and 4-7 in the past five years, but during this time he has consistently fought the cream of the crop and that is something that simply has to be taken into consideration. Ferreira, meanwhile, comes into this bout on a five-fight win streak, but he has tasted defeat in his two fights with notable opposition and that stands out to me here. Pettis can be known to underwhelm at times, but I am not giving up on the former lightweight champion just yet. Therefore I am backing ‘Showtime’ to enjoy a return to winning ways at UFC 246.

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Odds correct at 10:45 GMT on 17/1/2020

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