UFC 207 will comprise the long-awaited return of Ronda Rousey. Since Rousey lost the UFC bantamweight name 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 endeavor to recover the name, as Nunes is an aggressive finisher.
The co-main event features another title fight, as Dominick Cruz looks to defend his bantamweight title against heavy-hitting Cody Garbrandt. Together with Cruz and Garbrandt chirping each other contributing into the struggle, you need to expect some fireworks.
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey
Nunes is one of the best finishers in MMA now, as 12 of her 13 victories have come through stoppage. Through the first part of her career, she got by on her physical presents but has been gaining the technical skills to cooperate with it. The biggest leaps and bounds have come in the standup game, as she’s learning how to harness her span and power due to her job at American Top Team.
Nunes’ wrestling abilities are not exactly stellar offensively, but she is great at keeping the fight standing so that she can use her normal power. If she is able to get into the clinch, she is strong and will frequently use this ability as a faux wrestling match by minding her opponent to the floor with her strikes.
Best control is essential to Nunes on the ground, as any excess strain on her cardio is damning for your winner. If she can attain top position, she’s brutal ground and pound that capitalizes on her power and her long achieve relative to the division. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but seldom uses it in the top unless she can find her opponent’s back.
There were two large knocks on Nunes during her career: one is cardio and the other is fight IQ. To be very frank, her cardio is poor. She parts ancient and she’s never been in a position to put forth much of an effort beyond the next round. Nunes has made some questionable decisions in the Octagon, but coaching at ATT and only having more expertise in the cage have helped to temper this issue.
MMA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sport. Rousey has been 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 reduction is just what a fighter should get back on course (*cough* Conor McGregor *cough*).
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