We still have one more MMA treat to close the year in a fashionable way.
2016 has been one hell of a year regarding MMA. This Friday, December 30th, UFC’s muse will step in the octagon again. Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will finally return after over a year away from the sport she previously dominated.
Ronda Rousey will challenge Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 207. Rousey has just one lone career loss, to Holly Holm back in July at UFC 193, when she dropped the bantamweight belt. Since then, the belt has been tossed around from Holm to long-time rival Miesha Tate to Amanda Nunes.
Who’s Favorite for the coming MMA fight?
This is surely one tough fight to call. Both fighters are well rounded, powerful and skilled. This is reflected in the fight odds. On one hand backing, Ronda Rousey doesn’t bring much payoff. On the other, supporting Nunes doesn’t score you a big win, either. It is also interesting the fact that even though, Ronda’s last fight was her devastating loss to Holm over a year ago, she still enters as the odds-on favorite to win the match.
First of all, let’s not forget that before getting knocked out by Holm’s vicious head kick, “Rowdy” won 13 pro fights with 11 career victories via first-round stoppage. Nine of these 11 fights were submissions via her most famous technique -the armbar. She is also more experienced in these events than Nunes, as Ronda successfully defended her title five times, while this will be Amanda’s first title defense.
Ronda claims to be in the best shape of her life and that she is ready to retake the title, but she will have to fight her own demons as Amanda Nunes has excellent footwork and striking skills. It is the same lethal formula that Holy Holm used to destroy Rousey.
Nunes (13-4) is one of the best finishers in MMA today, as 12 of her 13 victories have come via stoppage. She is a vicious striker, as evidenced by her 9 KOs. Her standing fight is great, with natural power and excellent clinch. Both fighters are elite grapplers. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but rarely uses it. In fact, some consider that going to the ground might be a mistake for Nunes, unless, she can attain top position in order to capitalize with brutal ground and pound.
The “Lioness” is also known for her aggressive strategy, which can play against herself, as she tends to gas out. Nunes has shown several times on the octagon that her cardio is bad and the longer the fight goes, the weaker she might become.
This fight is too close to cheering early, but even though many players won’t lay high amounts of money, there will surely be a heavy traffic of bets coming in, which can easily translate into big bucks. Remember, this is one of the most anticipated fights of the year. So, get sharp and ready for the action.
- Ronda Rousey -140
- Amanda Nunes +110