Finally, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is getting the fight that she has always wanted. UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday that Nunes will defend her title at UFC 207 against Ronda Rousey.
This will be the first time that Rousey steps back into the Octagon after losing her title to Holly Holm last Nov. 15, 2015, at UFC 193. Since then, Rousey went to depression after losing the spotlight and had some issues with her trainer Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club.
Many speculated of Rousey’s next fight and White shoot all of them down with the announcement that will headline on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Despite doubters of her coming back, White reiterated that Rousey will come back strong and motivated.
“The thing that everybody has waited for a good year, Ronda Rousey is back,” White said as reported by MMA Junkie. “She will fight Dec. 30 for the title.”
For Nunes, this is the fight that she has waited for and wants to prove to critics that she herself is no fluke. Nunes won the women’s bantamweight title after beating Miesha Tate via rare naked choke submission at UFC 200 held last July 9. The fight against Rousey will be her first title defense and fight fans could not wait for it to take place.
Minutes after the announcement social media went on a frenzy with fans already giving their insights as to the outcome of the fight. Majority posted that the Brazilian champ will definitely come out as the victor. Others stated that after Nunes, Rousey should take on Cris “Cyborg” Justino to settle their issue once and for all.
White: "If Ronda wins title back, Cyborg fight will definitely happen." Not sure if I believe that.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 12, 2016
“The thing is Ronda Rousey has been the biggest, fiercest female fighter on the planet now since we got into women’s fighting,” White said. “Ronda had a bad loss, obviously, and lost her title, but she’s still Ronda Rousey at the end of the day. When you talk about bad matchups for Ronda, it’s just about Ronda coming back. Everybody wins or loses. It happens.”
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) October 12, 2016
— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) October 12, 2016
— #UFC219 #CyborgVHolm (@criscyborg) October 12, 2016
Rousey gets to fight once again inside the Octagon and redeem herself. It will be a tough order as she takes on a vicious Nunes, who has gotten her wish of getting the first crack at Rowdy. Now that it’s settled, Justino just could not wait to get her turn to face Rousey next year.
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