UFC 207 will feature the long-awaited yield of Ronda Rousey. Since Rousey dropped the UFC bantamweight name to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the ring has been tossed around like a game of hot potato from Holm into Miesha Tate into Amanda Nunes. Rousey does not have an easy endeavor to recover the title, as Nunes is an aggressive finisher.
The co-main occasion features another name battle, as Dominick Cruz seems to defend his bantamweight title against heavy-hitting Cody Garbrandt. With Cruz and Garbrandt chirping each other leading into the struggle, 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 first part of her career, she got by on her bodily presents but was gaining the technical skills to go along with it. The biggest leaps and bounds have come from the standup game, as she’s learning how to harness her length and electricity due to her work at American Top Team.
Nunes’ wrestling skills are not exactly stellar offensively, but she’s great at maintaining the fight standing so she can use her natural power. If she is able to get into the clinch, she’s powerful and will routinely use this power as a faux wrestling game by knocking her opponent into the ground with her strikes.
Best controller is vital to Nunes on the floor, as any extra stress on her cardio is damning for your champion. If she can reach top position, she has brutal ground and pound which capitalizes on her power and her long reach relative to the branch. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but seldom uses it from the top unless she can get hold of her opponent’s back.
There have been two large knocks on Nunes during her career: one is aerobic and the other one is struggle IQ. To be quite frank, her cardio is bad. She gases early and she has never been in a position to put forth much of an effort beyond the second round. Nunes has made some questionable decisions in the Octagon, but coaching at ATT and simply having more expertise in the cage have helped to temper this situation.
MMA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately game. Rousey was its biggest celebrity until her mystique-shattering reduction to Holly Holm. Ever since, people are quick to discuss Rousey. But, occasionally a loss is exactly what a fighter should get back on track (*cough* Conor McGregor *cough*).
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