FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey.
There are long awaited returns and then there is Ronda Rousey returning to the Octagon which trumps all of them for UFC 207 betting! Rousey hasn’t been officially competing since Holly Holm knocked her silly handing her the first defeat in her professional career over a year ago.
I don’t want to describe Amanda Nunesas obsessed or a stalker, but when someone has been preparing for a single person for 3 years that kind of implies an unhealthy fascination in my eyes. She recently said she has been training for Rowdy since she set foot in the famous Octagon back in 2013.
What: UFC 207
Who: Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (13-4-0) vs Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey (12-1-0)
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Odds: Nunes +135 vs Rousey -160
Round Total: OVER 1.5 Rounds +185, UNDER 1.5 Rounds -220
Nunes hasn’t lost a match in over 2 years and just defeated Miesha Tate in UFC 200 6 months ago to take the Women’s Bantamweight title by a 1st round submission. This Brazilian champion will be defending her UFC title for the first time against Rousey, so it may be a very short reign as the Queen.
This fight for Amanda Nunes will become very real in that Octagon. I never want to tell any fighter how much or what type of smack talk to direct at their opponent pre-fight, but I probably would have told Nunes to lighten up a little with that first round knockout stuff she is claiming to deliver to Rousey here.
In typical Rousey style, she didn’t take that lightly and said Nunes has to say something, “because everyone knows she gasses out in the second.” The tough talk and act the champ has been sporting towards Rousey doesn’t even give the former Champion a second thought it seems as she looks to handle business in the Octagon.
This is a different Ronda Rousey than we are accustomed to before when she was submitting every opponent with an armbar in the 1st round for years. By her own admission, Rousey has been scarce for interviews in front of this fight and takes joy in not being the only female the press focuses on for UFC fights anymore.
When that bell rings for that 1st round in the Octagon, I think we see the same old Rousey that finished 9 of her 12 wins by armbar submission and the other 3 by knockout. By the way, 8 of those 9 opponents she defeated with an armbar submission she destroyed in the very first round.
Amanda Nunes knocked out 9 of her 13 opponents that she defeated and forced 3 of them to submit. She has 10 first round finishes, so just like her opponent she prefers to get business done quickly.
When it comes to grappling, Rousey is superior with 3 times the takedown average and twice the takedown accuracy as the soon to be dethroned Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes.Rousey is a great UFC bet in this one.
There are some other great UFC 207 matches on the main card
Dominic Cruz (22-1-0) vs Cody Garbrandt (10-0-0) – Men’s Bantamweight
Cruz is the First ever and current Bantamweight Champion and his loss was way back in 2007. Garbrandt is a big hitter and won his last 3 consecutive fights knocking out his opponent in the first round.
FabricioWerdum (21-6-1) vs Cain Velasquez (14-2-0) – Men’s Heavyweight
Werdum is the number 1 ranked Heavyweight and is giving the number 2 Velasquez a rematch from a year and a half ago when Werdum won with a 3rd round submission.
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey suffers shock first-round knockout to Amanda Nunes
Ronda Rousey made her long-awaited return to the Octagon in Las Vegas last night.
The one-time dominant force in women's MMA took on UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes looking to reclaim her belt.
It was Rousey's first fight since she was KO'd in the second round by Holly Holm 13 months ago.
Since then the title has twice changed hands, first when Miesha Tate submitted Holm and then when Nunes stopped Tate.
But this wasn't to be Rousey's night, as she suffered another knockout defeat - this time in the first round as Nunes retained the title.
Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt
Elsewhere Dominick Cruz lost his bantamweight title to the unbeaten Cody Garbrandt in a five-round epic.
Garbrandt insists he was always confident of getting the decision. He said: “You never know with judges but I felt I did enough. I knew that I did more than him by looking him. I dropped him a couple of times and I knew that I was the champion.”
Dong Hyun Kim vs Tarec Saffiedine
Kim Dong-hyun wins by split decision! 27-30, 29-28, 29-28 for Kim!
It was a strange fight, to be fair. Kim pressed the pace but was largely outstruck. The fact that one judge gave all three rounds to Saffiedine and the other two gave him just one shows how close it actually was.
Better round from Kim - his best of the fight. He landed a takedown though Saffiedine was quickly back up from it, but he came out of the blocks firing and controlled much of the round.
TJ Dillashaw vs John Lineker
Dillashaw wins by unanimous decision! 30-26 for TJ Dillashaw - the easiest decision the judges will make tonight. The second was probably scored 10-8 and he’s now surely going to get that rematch with Cruz (again, if he beats Garbrandt).
There’s a gulf between Dillashaw and the rest of the division. He’s taken the two toughest fights possible, he’s pleaded for a rematch with Cruz - even offering to waive his purse if he lost.
The time is now.
“That’s the second number two guy I’ve fought now. [Cruz] is fighting six and eight. It’s my belt and I want it. I want it back. If I don’t get the title fight we all know this s*** is rigged.”
Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Neil Magny wins by unanimous decision! Wow! 29-28 ALL for Neil Magny! Where has that come from?! Hendricks raised his arm when hearing the 29-28 unanimous decision. He’s as confused as the rest of us. The crowd boo the decision.
Magny admits he lost the second round but thought he won the first and third.
Hendricks on the end of yet another controversial decision.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.