UFC 207 will comprise the long-awaited yield of Ronda Rousey. Since Rousey dropped the UFC bantamweight title to Holly Holm in UFC 193, the ring has been tossed around like a game of hot potato from Holm to Miesha Tate to Amanda Nunes. Rousey does not have a simple task to recover the name, as Nunes is a competitive finisher.
The co-main event features another title battle, as Dominick Cruz seems to defend his bantamweight title against heavy-hitting Cody Garbrandt. Together with Cruz and Garbrandt chirping every other contributing into the fight, you should expect some fireworks.
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey
Nunes is one of the best finishers in MMA now, as 12 of her 13 successes have come through stoppage. Throughout the first part of her career, she got by on her physical presents but was gaining the technical skills to cooperate with it. The largest leaps and bounds have come from the standup game, as she’s learning how to exploit her span and electricity thanks to her job at American Top Team.
Nunes’ wrestling abilities aren’t exactly stellar , but she is great at maintaining the fight standing so she can utilize her normal power. If she can get into the clinch, she is powerful and will frequently use this power as a faux wrestling match by minding her opponent to the floor with her strikes.
Top controller is vital to Nunes on the floor, as any extra stress on her cardio is damning for the champion. If she can reach top position, she’s brutal ground and pound that capitalizes on her ability and her long reach relative to the branch. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but seldom uses it in the top unless she can get hold of her opponent’s back.
There were two big knocks on Nunes during her career: one is aerobic and the other one is struggle IQ. To be very frank, her cardio is bad. She gases early and she’s never been in a position to put forth much of an effort beyond the second round. Nunes has made some questionable decisions in the Octagon, but coaching at ATT and simply having more experience in the cage have helped to temper this situation.
MMA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sport. Rousey was its biggest celebrity until her mystique-shattering loss to Holly Holm. Ever since then, people have been quick to talk down Rousey. However, occasionally a loss is exactly what a fighter should get back on course (*cough* Conor McGregor *cough*).