UFC 207 will feature the long-awaited yield of Ronda Rousey. Since Rousey dropped the UFC bantamweight name to Holly Holm in UFC 193, the strap has been tossed around like a game of hot potato from Holm into Miesha Tate to Amanda Nunes. Rousey does not have an easy task to reclaim the title, as Nunes is a competitive finisher.
The co-main occasion features another name battle, as Dominick Cruz looks to defend his bantamweight title against heavy-hitting Cody Garbrandt. Together with Cruz and Garbrandt chirping every other leading into the fight, you need to expect some fireworks.
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey
Nunes is among the best finishers in MMA now, as 12 of her 13 victories have come through stoppage. Throughout the early part of her career, she got by on her bodily presents but has been gaining the technical skills to go along with it. The biggest leaps and bounds have come in the standup game, as she is learning how to exploit her span and power due to her job at American Top Team.
Nunes’ wrestling skills are not exactly stellar offensively, but she is great at maintaining the fight standing so that she can use her normal power. If she can get in the clinch, she is strong and will routinely use this power as a faux wrestling game by minding her opponent into the ground with her strikes.
Top controller is vital to Nunes around the ground, as any excess stress on her cardio is damning for your winner. If she can attain top position, she’s brutal ground and pound that capitalizes on her ability and her long achieve relative to the branch. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but seldom uses it from the top unless she can find her opponent’s back.
There were two big knocks on Nunes during her career: one is aerobic and the other is struggle IQ. To be very frank, her cardio is poor. She parts ancient and she’s never been able to put forth much of an effort past the next round. Nunes has made some questionable decisions in the Octagon, but coaching at ATT and simply having more experience 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 loss to Holly Holm. Ever since then, people are quick to talk down Rousey. But, occasionally a loss is exactly what a fighter needs to get back on track (*cough* Conor McGregor *cough*).
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