I'm gonna start adding handicaps for some of my picks, probably one a card. For this card it's xiananan. This is a classic striker versus grappler. If it stays standing it's an easy win. Our gal has everything you want in a striker. Technical, multi-dimensional, great cardio, good chin, power, high volume. For me this all comes down to how does she do in the wrestling department.
Her take down defense is just okay, getting back up/scramble is just okay. But what I really like are the following:
1. She stays very busy in the clinch and on the bottom. Love seeing elbows from the bottom. This is so important for making her opponent uncomfortable, but more importantly staying close on the scorecards in a fight that will likely split time between striking and wrestling.
2. She does a good job at making adjustments in fight. During her fight with Claudia, a very good grappler, this was very apparent. After she gotten taken down twice in the first. She changed up her striking to keep distance with a very active jap and circle. Also made adjustments against the fence.
It would be a bigger bet except it likey goes to the scorecards, judges are awful in MMA, and wrestling impact is extremely subjective. Hope this helps!