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UFC 207: Ronda Rousey misgivings, Chuck Liddell doubts Rowdy’s preparedness versus Amanda Nunes

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Ronda Rousey, Julianna Pena, Gina Carano
Ronda Rousey, Julianna Pena, Gina Carano

As the UFC 207 draws closer with only over a week to go before fight fans will be treated to a must-see Ronda Rousey comeback against Amanda Nunes, much attention is focused on Rowdy’s preparations; even more so than her opponent.

For one, experts believe that she shall have trained inexorably with her striking skills, an aspect on which she lacks, and lost convincingly due to it versus Holly Holm. Ronda Rousey pulled out from the limelight for a year since she got knocked out. She must have made use of all that time in her hands to better herself.

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The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion seems bolder as her comeback fight in UFC 207 draws nearer. Some take it as a sign of her confidence building, knowing that she believes in her ability to regain her UFC title. Or, it could be that she’s just masking her weaknesses, to psyche out her opponent Amanda Nunes.

Ronda Rousey mental preparedness

Rowdy has been vocal lately about Amanda Nunes. She feels the current champion easily gases out, and it makes fans feel she’s got her figured out, that she’s fully prepared. However, retired MMA champion Chuck Liddell disagrees.

“I wouldn’t take the chance on her being [recovered] from all the mental stuff,” Chuck Liddell said in a report by News.com. “Personally, as a coach, I’d like to have seen her come back — it’s harder at her stature to take a lower-level fight — but I would have liked to see her come back in a smaller fight. I would have tried to get her a warm up fight. Just to get her mentally back into the game. Because Amanda Nunes is a tough, tough opponent.”

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Chuck Liddell speaks from experience, and his suggestion that Ronda Rousey ought to have taken a warm up fight before taking a title shot versus Amanda Nunes makes sense. She would need to at least acclimatize herself before risking it at such a high-pressure situation after a tough loss.

Potential rematch with Holly Holm

Somehow, fans seem to give Ronda Rousey the upper hand versus Amanda Nunes in spite of her long absence. If she wins it at UFC 207, she could be set for a potential rematch with Holly Holm.

“I don’t think about it because there’s a lot that has to happen,” Holly Holm said in a report by Fox Sports. “That’s what I say when people ask me about it. ‘Hey, don’t you want to rematch Ronda?’ and I’m like well, there’s a fight that’s taking place Dec. 30 and there’s still a fight taking place Feb. 11 and depending on how both of those go, that could be the make or break of everything, who knows what will happen in three months.”

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