Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes Rumored For UFC 207
UFC is making some big plans for the end of 2016, as the card for UFC 207 is rumored to include the return of Ronda Rousey, who has not fought since losing the women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November, in her first loss in the company.
The news was broken by Dizz of TalkMMA, who recently revealed that “the promotion is targeting a Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes women’s bantamweight title fight for their annual New Year’s Eve card in Sin City.” And that’s not the only major fight rumored for the card, as a UFC light heavyweight title fight is proposed, in addition to a men’s bantamweight title fight, and a marquee heavyweight rematch. Check out the details from Dizz’s tweet below:
#UFC207 rumored card: DC vs Rumble, Cruz vs Garbrandt, Werdum vs Cain, and now…
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey is in discussions for 207
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) September 19, 2016
Naturally, some fans would likely have an issue with Rousey jumping right to the front of the line over other potential contenders for Nunes’s title. Holly Holm never received a rematch after losing the title to Miesha Tate, while Tate herself has somewhat dropped off the map since losing the title to Nunes. I suppose their low visibility right now is partially why they aren’t really in the conversation for the next bantamweight title fight, coupled with other factors such as Holm’s back-to-back losses (to Tate in March and Valentina Shevchenko in July) and the decisiveness of Tate’s defeat at the hands of Nunes. Another factor is that UFC is going to want to book the biggest fight possible, in the event that Rousey is no longer what she once was. If you’re going to get only one fight out of Rousey, it might as well be a title fight. Sure, you could have Rousey and Tate square off again, or do the rematch with Holm, but this feels like as good a use for Rousey’s talents as any.
So the card for UFC 207 in Las Vegas, if these rumors actually do pan out, would be:
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Anthony Johnson for the UFC light heavyweight title
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt for the UFC bantamweight title
Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum
Looks like a pretty stacked card, and it’d be a hell of a way to close out 2016.
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