The Livest Dog at UFC Vegas 40: Istela Nunes

The Livest Dog at UFC Vegas 40: Istela Nunes


The Livest Dog at UFC Vegas 40: Istela Nunes


Name: Istela Nunes

Opponent: Ariane Carnelossi

Odds: +134 (bet $100 to win $134) **Odds by FanDuel

Not a lot is known about Nunes at the moment because it’s been a long time since we saw her in action. She last fought in the summer of 2018 in ONE FC. In ONE, she had previously worked her way to a title shot against Angela Lee by way of a victory over legend Mei Yamaguchi.

This resume is already enough to feel confident in her, but it’s the style that I love even more. She’s an experienced Muay Thai practitioner and maintains a smart and safe style. She uses kicks well and is very light on her feet. She’ll be fighting someone who is a nice contrast to that in Carnelossi, who is messy and reckless. I like Nunes’s ability to keep distance and make Carnelossi pay on the inside en route to a decision here.

2021 Record: 11-19 (4 withdrawals)
Earnings (based on $100 bet/event): -($264) 
Return on Investment: -7%

2018-20 Record: 45-72 (+1.1%)

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