UFC 207: Betting Odds and Predictions
UFC 207 will feature the long-awaited yield of Ronda Rousey. Since Rousey lost the UFC bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the strap has been tossed around like a game of hot potato from Holm into Miesha Tate into Amanda Nunes. Rousey doesn’t have a simple endeavor to reclaim the name, as Nunes is a competitive finisher.
The co-main event features another title battle, as Dominick Cruz seems to shield 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 one of the best finishers in MMA today, as 12 of her 13 victories have come via stoppage. Through the first part of her career, she got by on her physical gifts but has been gaining the technical abilities to go along with it. The biggest leaps and bounds have come from the standup game, as she’s learning how to exploit her span and electricity due to her work at American Top Team.
Nunes’ wrestling abilities are not exactly stellar , but she’s great at maintaining the battle standing so she can utilize her normal power. If she is able to get into the clinch, she’s strong and will frequently use this power as a faux wrestling game by knocking her opponent to the floor with her strikes.
Top control is vital to Nunes around the floor, as any extra strain on her cardio is damning for your champion. If she can reach top position, she’s brutal ground and pound which capitalizes on her power and her long achieve relative to the division. The Brazilian has a black belt in BJJ, but rarely uses it from the top unless she can get hold of her opponent’s back.
There were two big knocks on Nunes throughout her career: you is cardio and the other is struggle IQ. To be quite frank, her cardio is bad. She parts ancient and she has never been in a position to put forth much of an effort beyond the next round. Nunes has made some questionable decisions in the Octagon, but coaching at ATT and only having more expertise in the cage have helped to temper this issue.
MMA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately game. Rousey has been its main star until her mystique-shattering loss to Holly Holm. Ever since then, people have been quick to discuss Rousey. However, occasionally a reduction is just what a fighter should get back on track (*cough* Conor McGregor *cough*).