UFC 207 goes down this Friday, December 30th and marks the final event of 2016. Ronda Rousey will make her long awaited return when she takes on the UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes in the main event.
Ronda Rousey had been on the top of her game. Undefeated in MMA, she had been the first and only UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Champion and perhaps the biggest star to cross over from the UFC. But at UFC 193 her world came crashing down. After suffering one of the biggest upset losses in UFC history to date, Ronda Rousey disappeared for nearly a year and at one point it wasn’t clear if she would be back. Her belt changed hands a number of times until it reached the current UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes.
The Brazilian Amanda Nunes had been on a three fight win streak before defeating Meisha Tate at UFC 200 by first round submission to win the title. An all round mixed martial artist, she has finished nine out of her fourteen wins by KO/TKO.
With this being her first title defence and against one of the biggest stars in the game, she will no doubt be prepared for what Rousey has to offer. We all know that Rousey is notorious for her armbars, but the Brazilian Black Belt Nunes will no doubt look to Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm as a blueprint going into this fight.
We are still not sure of the mindset of Ronda Rousey going into this fight and with her refusing to talk to MMA media, it makes one wonder where her head is at and if we will see a new and improved Ronda or not. Ronda opens up as the favourite but many are predicting current champ Nunez to take the win. If Nunez can keep it standing then she could possibly take home a win. Check out fellow UFC fighters picks for this fight.
In the co-main event is the men’s 135lbs title fight, Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt. With a long feud with Team Alpha male, the champ Dominick Cruz will defend his title against another one of Urijah Faber’s protege’s.
Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt is undefeated at 10-0 having gone to a decision just once, with all nine of his wins coming via TKO/KO. Adamant he has what it takes to put away the Champ, Garbrandt will face the biggest test of his career this Saturday.
The long reining WEC and UFC Champion Dominick Cruz has had his fair share of bad luck when it comes to injury but after making his return at UFC Fight Night 81 in January, he has won his next two fights by split and unanimous decisions.
Garbrant must be prepared for a five round war when stepping in the octagon with Cruz if he is unable to put him away in the early rounds.
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