Will W. Erins
Once an undefeated champion, Ronda Rousey is now an inspired challenger returning to the octagon to reclaim her title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Rousey’s return is a big deal due to her brutal defeat at UFC 193. Holly Holm became the first woman to pummel the then, undefeated and fearsome champion in six minutes—UFC cites the fight being as long as her total five previous fights (all win) combined.
Rousey would disappear from the octagon for a whole year focusing on her emotional and physical state. The history-making fighter has been scrutinized, questioned, and doubted more in the last year than anyone in the game. Once she lost it would seem the four years of her dominance was simply erased and it’s simply unwarranted as Rousey remains the most dominant female fighter in the bantamweight division, amassing a record of 12-1.
Now her mission is perfectly clear as Rousey is determined to step back in the UFC octagon and reclaim what’s hers that’s only if she can get it back from Amanda Nunes which could be her toughest challenge yet. Amanda Nunes would steamroll over Miesha Tate back in July at UFC 200 to capture the Bantamweight Championship. Nunes’ criticism has been historically focused on her lack of cardio which could be a downfall if Rousey weathers the storm in the early rounds.
Nunes’ criticism has been historically focused on her lack of cardio which could be a downfall if Rousey weathers the storm in the early rounds. However, Nunes is no pushover as she undoubtedly has the longest current active winning streak in the division (4 wins). With that Nunes ties, Rousey with her six wins overall. Another factor that may take Rousey by surprise is the pure power and aggression by Nunes as she’s well versed in wrestling, judo, and striking.
On Saturday night, Rousey will have to focus on multiple factors going into the fight, Nunes, the style from the champion, and the critics following her only loss in her career. Nunes will simply have to put the historic aura of Rousey to rest and retain her title especially if she puts on the show she did against Tate. All questions will be answered as we head into the new year with either a new champion or a Nunes retaining.
UFC 207 will be held on December 30th, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV. For more information visit, UFC.com