UFC 207 will comprise the long-awaited return of Ronda Rousey. Since Rousey lost the UFC bantamweight name to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the strap has been tossed around like a game of hot potato from Holm to Miesha Tate into Amanda Nunes. Rousey doesn’t have a simple endeavor to recover the title, as Nunes is a competitive finisher.
The co-main occasion features another title battle, as Dominick Cruz looks to defend his bantamweight title against heavy-hitting Cody Garbrandt. Together with Cruz and Garbrandt chirping each other leading into the fight, you should expect some fireworks.
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey
Nunes is among the best finishers in MMA today, as 12 of her 13 victories have come through stoppage. Throughout the early part of her career, she got by on her physical gifts but has been gaining the technical abilities to go along with it. The largest leaps and bounds have come from the standup game, as she is learning how to exploit her length and electricity thanks to her work at American Top Team.
Nunes’ wrestling skills are not exactly stellar , but she is great at keeping the battle standing so that she can use her natural power. If she is able to get into the clinch, she is powerful and will routinely use this ability as a faux wrestling match by knocking her opponent to the floor with her strikes.
Best control is essential to Nunes on the ground, as any extra stress on her cardio is damning for your winner. If she can reach top position, she has brutal ground and pound that capitalizes on her power and her long reach relative to the division. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but rarely uses it from the very best unless she can get hold of her opponent’s back.
There were two large 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 parts ancient and she’s never been able to put forth much of an effort beyond the next round. Nunes has made some questionable decisions in the Octagon, but training at ATT and simply having more expertise in the cage have helped to temper this issue.
MMA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately game. Rousey has been its main star until her mystique-shattering loss to Holly Holm. Ever since then, people have been quick to discuss Rousey. But, sometimes a reduction is exactly what a fighter should get back on course (*cough* Conor McGregor *cough*).
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