UFC Vegas 34 Prelims: Bea Malecki vs Josiane Nunes- Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/21/2021, 8:56 AM EDT


UFC Vegas 34: Cannonier vs Gastelum will take place this Saturday. Fans can tune in to watch some of the talented fighters walking out to give their best. Apart from the main event featuring Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum, there are some other clashes that would make fans sit on the edge of their seats. One of those clashes is between women’s bantamweights Bea Malecki and Josiane Nunes.

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‘Bad News Barbie’ will enter her third fight for the promotion. She has had an impressive debut, winning both her UFC matches. In her last fight at UFC Fight Night: Lee vs Oliveira against Veronica Macedo, she controlled the latter and earned a unanimous decision win.

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Her career win-loss stands at 4-0. Out of those 4, 1 has come via KO/TKO, 2 via submissions, and 1 other via decision.

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Nunes, meanwhile, has performed for various other promotions prior to stepping up for UFC. Her career win-loss record stands at 7 wins and 1 loss. Out of those seven, 6 have come via KO/TKO and 1 via decisions. She last fought Quesia Zbonik at Forze MMA 1 and picked up a TKO win.

Bea Malecki vs Josiane Nunes- analysis

If we compare their physical stats, Malecki stands at 5’9″ tall and has a reach of 74″. Meanwhile, Nunes is significantly shorter with 5’2″ height and 67″ reach.

Malecki lands 6.78 significant strikes with an accuracy of 46%. She absorbs 6.14 significant strikes with a defense rate of 62%.

Malecki has an impressive height, reach, and striking potency, but it has only produced a mediocre arm-puncher. On the other end, stands a significantly shorter Nunes, who has largely pounced upon poor opposition in her native Brazil.

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Malecki is not adept at using her length (like we saw against the significantly smaller Macedo), but she’s the stronger between the two in the clinch and has some heavy kicks. These can help her control things at range. Nunes figures to land a lot of strikes, but she’s not as devastating a puncher as her record suggests.

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Thus, Malecki’s superior volume figures will be too much for Nunes. In the end, Malecki will most likely grind herself to a 15-minute distance striking battle win.

Final Prediction: Malecki via unanimous decision

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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