UFC 207 will finally see the widely anticipated return of former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, when she goes up against current champion Amanda Nunes.
Obviously, both sides are making their own claims of who the winner will be, but an outside perspective from none other than fellow former champion Miesha Tate gives fans a better idea of how the fight may turn out.
“I feel like there’s so many weird variables,” shared Tate during her appearance in the MMA Houe. “Who knows what we’re going to get out of Ronda when she comes back.”
Rousey, who was last seen in the Octagon at UFC 193, ultimately lost the belt to Holly Holm during their match, after Rowdy was knocked out cold by a kick in the second round. Since then, Rousey has kept a low profile, avoiding too many public appearances and interviews, igniting rumors that she may even be looking to retire from MMA fighting altogether.
But with the confirmation of UFC 207, these rumors have been put to rest, although Tate is still questioning the ability of Rousey once she makes her way back into the Octagon.
Ronda Rousey might be Ronda rusty
“If we’re getting Ronda at the best she’s ever been, then I say Ronda,” Tate said. “But if we’re getting Ronda coming back kind of with a half-ass mentality, kind of like I have to do this one time and she’s got a lot of ring rust – I mean, is she still punch-shy since Holly?”
Cris Cyborg also took a shot at Rousey recently, after feeling overlooked by the former champ in her return. Cyborg was initially one of the many hopefuls to face Rousey when rumors of Rowdy’s return were only starting to materialize.
“She speak a lot of things about me … and why she don’t fight with me? Man, she don’t have (the balls),” Cyborg claimed in an interview with TMZ. “And I know girls, of course, she don’t have (balls) … but when you speak about someone, you have to go, ‘No, f*** that. I’m gonna fight her.”
Unfortunately Cyborg, you aren’t.
Though we have to agree with Miesha Tate (which should also worry Ronda Rousey fans).
“It’s kind of hard to say honestly (who will win). I really just don’t know what we’re going to get with Ronda,” detailed the former champ. A long layoff can definitely have some adverse effects on coming back and getting right back in there with the best of the best.”
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