MMA fans, both casual, and hardcore, have been waiting for Ronda Rousey to return after she was embarrassed by Holly Holm. Rousey’s battle cry has been “Fear the Return”. But, she’s returning to face a champion in Amanda Nunez who tore apart the former champion, Meisha Tate, who became champion after choking out Holly Holm, who again…embarrassed Ronda Rousey. Who should fear who is the question? Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 207: Ronday Rousey vs. Amanda Nunez.
Ronda Rousey comes into this title fight with an overall MMA record of 12-1. She pretty much ran dominated her first 12 fights. She became a star. She became a legend. She was feared. And then, Holly Holm exposed a huge hole in her MMA game. Holm dominated her with striking, and eventually knocked her out with a vicious head kick.
Now, everyone is asking if Ronda Rousey was a fluke, or if that KO was a fluke. Rousey is dominant in the grappling game. Scary dominant! But, that domination came in an era where women’s MMA was just appearing on the radar. There wasn’t many women to fight, let alone highly skilled women that were training full time. This era is different. Women are true professionals and are training and fighting full time. Can Rousey close her stand up hole and regain her dominance?
Amanda Nunez comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 13-4. She’s riding a 4 fight winning streak and has finished 3 of those fights in the first round. Nunez seems to be getting better and better. Her last fight where she won the title, she looked amazing! She didn’t just look amazing fighting an average fighter, she looked amazing fighting a veteran and champion in Meisha Tate.
Now, Amanda Nunez is champion and the pressure is on. Can Nunez handle that pressure? How will she react when Rousey a former dominant champion clinches and drags her into a grappling situation? It’s one thing to become champion, it’s another to defend that championship. This fight will answer a lot of questions!
Look for Rousey to fight smarter than how she fought Holly Holm. Look for her to be in better shape and have better stand up defense. Unfortunately, It won’t be enough. Nunez will be faster, more accurate and technical in the stand up game. Roused will be peppered with punches. Roused will try to force a grappling situation but Nunez will defend and keep the fight standing.
Eventually, Rousey will be frustrated by the boxing of Nunez and will attempt risky takedown attempts that will backfire. Nunez will capitalize on Rousey’s desperation and will land chingasos over and over again. Nunez is the underdog in this fight but she will earn the respect of the MMA community by defeating Ronda Rousey.
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Who do you think will win at UFC 207? Ronda Rousey or Amanda Nunez