Ronda Rousey will face UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Friday at the T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunes vows to win her first title defense and give “Rowdy” an early retirement.
After 13 months, Ronda Rousey will be finally seen in action in the Octagon again. Rousey earned her first loss at UFC 193 against Holly Holm. She took the defeat seriously and admitted that she had contemplated suicide.
Amanda Nunes won the belt at UFC 200 by defeating Miesha Tate, who conquered Holm at UFC 196. When Rousey was dethroned, no female fighter succeeded to defend the title. In terms of reach, Nunes clearly has the advantage.
The current champion admitted that fighting Rousey would not be an easy task. “Rowdy” revealed in the past months that her fight with Nunes will be “one of her last bouts”. However, if she loses at UFC 207, there is a higher possibility that she will have an early retirement.
AMANDA NUNES VOWS TO RETIRE RONDA ROUSEY
Nunes knew that she’ll be facing Rousey in her 100% fighting shape. Still, she remains confident that she will be declared the winner in the end of the fight. Nunes also said that she will retire Ronda Rousey.
“I don’t fear Ronda’s ground game, Ronda’s judo, nor her striking. I will be ready in all areas,” Nunes recently told Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. “Whatever happens in the fight, I will have an answer for it. That’s what gives me the advantage in this fight And yes, I believe I will (retire Ronda Rousey).”
According to Forbes, Rousey opened as a -280 favorite when the fight was announced in October. However, as of now, -150 odds say Rousey will beat Nunes, who’s a +120 underdog. “Rowdy” stays focused on reclaiming the belt from Amanda Nunes.
“I don’t care about anything except winning this fight,” Rousey said, in a fleeting appearance in a UFC promo video. “I am not spending energy on anything else.”
If Rousey succeeded to beat Nunes, there are speculations that she will be moving to featherweight for another title match. However, if she loses, UFC 207 could be the last time the MMA fans will see “Rowdy” in the Octagon.
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