Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya Betting Preview – UFC Fight Night (February 20, 2021)

| February 15, 2021 2:12 pm PDT

I’ve made my betting pick for Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis.

The co-main event of the evening is an interesting scrap that will go down in the women’s bantamweight division.

A win for either fighter could determine incumbent champ Amanda Nunes’ next opponent at 135. And for that reason, I guess it deserves status as the penultimate bout of the evening.

I have tailored my predictions for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya with bettors in mind. So, if you’re looking for real money bets and opportunities for the fight, you will find them below.

We’ll get to the betting line and top bets for the Blaydes vs. Lewis co-main after I reveal how I see this one going. Then, to finish things up, I’ll be elaborating on my pick for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya.

Ready to get started? Let’s do it!

Who Wins – Vieira or Kunitskaya

  • Ketlen Vieira by KO/TKO

I don’t believe I’ll catch too much flak for my Vieira vs. Kunitskaya pick.

As far as predictions for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya go, backing Vieira to win appears to be in sync with the bookies’ thoughts on things. But there might be some who question whether she has the stopping power to beat the Russian inside the distance.

As for me? I believe she has. And as will I explain a little further down this page, I lean towards her game plan, looking to create opportunities for the finish.

Before we get to that, let’s check out the betting line for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya and the best bets to target in this fight.

Latest Odds for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya

Ketlen Vieira to Win-270
Yana Kunitskaya to Win+210

Vieira’s odds to beat Kunitskaya opened at -275 before settling at -270 at BetUs.

The Brazilian was seen as the next big thing at 135-pounds before she was starched by Mexico’s Irene Aldana in December 2019. She has since rebounded with a win over Sijara Eubanks, which, in part, justifies her price to beat Kunitskaya.

Meanwhile, the Russian is a former Invicta FC bantamweight champion that has amassed a record of 3-2 in the UFC.

Drafted in as an opponent for Cris Cyborg’s second defense of her UFC featherweight title, she was knocked out in one. She was also stopped by Aspen Ladd in December 2019, which stands as a good reason why she is not favored in this bout.

While Vieira’s price is a little short, I don’t believe the betting value for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya is found in Kunitskaya’s odds. Keep reading, and I’ll explain more.

The Best Bets for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya

  • Vieira to Win (-275)
  • Vieira to Win by KO/TKO (N/A)
  • Fight to End Under 2.5 Rounds (+270)

Getting mildly creative for a moment, let’s just say that picking the right bets to place on Vieira vs. Kunitskaya is key to making money betting on the fight.

Linking my Vieira vs. Kunitskaya betting tips with my prediction for the UFC this Saturday, I see Fenomeno to win by KO/TKO as a sound bet.

It’s among the best bets for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya. At the very least, it should have better odds than placing a wager on Vieira to beat Kunitskaya on the line.

So, if you are gambling on UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis, know that there is money to be made in this co-main event by backing Vieira for the stoppage.

Unfortunately, most of the Vieira vs. Kunitskaya props are not out yet, so I can’t share those odds with you. You can, however, check our top online betting sites for MMA to get props for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis closer to the night of the fight.

Sure, Vieira hasn’t got phenomenal stoppage power, but I believe it is enough to catch Foxy out. While not awful by any means, Kunitskaya’s chin isn’t great. So, it’s pretty much there for the taking.

And no, I am certainly not assuming that her chin is weak based on her loss to Cyborg.

The other bet you could target right now is the fight to end under 2.5 rounds. Any scenario leading to the bout ending before the 12.5-minute mark pays out at +270, which is worth some pocket change, at least.

Why Vieira Beats Kunitskaya

Allow me to quickly elaborate on my pick for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya.

Yes, Vieira is more of a grappler, and her opponent is more of a striker. So, it might raise alarm bells when I’m backing the grappler to beat the striker by KO/TKO.

The easiest way to frame my Vieira vs. Kunitskaya prediction is that I believe she can push her opponent up against the cage and win the contest in the clinch. She can take her down and drop punishment from the top, which I see being too much for Foxy to handle.

Vieira isn’t a swing-for-the-fences kind of fighter; she is more measured and process-driven. She will work through Kunitskaya and create opportunities to smash her with punches and elbows from the top position.

It is here that will give her the best chance of causing maximum damage and ending the fight early.

So, to be clear, my prediction for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya is a KO/TKO win for the Brazilian inside two rounds.

More UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis Betting Content

That’s my Vieira vs. Kunitskaya betting pick and prediction in the books.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this one goes. But I’m quietly confident that it doesn’t go the full three rounds.

Moving away from my betting tips for Vieira vs. Kunitskaya, you should check out the other bouts on this card. You can do so by checking out my predictions and picks for all fights at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis, which you can find below.

Additionally, I put together a betting guide with my prediction and pick for the main event recently, so don’t miss out on that either!

Good luck with your bets!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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