Ronda Rousey is back. And the UFC is trying its best to sell her to the fans one more time.
Last month, the UFC released it’s first UFC 207 video declaring Ronda Rousey’s return:
Now a new video has recently surfaced at TMZ Sports and it shows a determined Ronda Rousey in a somewhat “Rocky” themed video shot mostly from her mansion in Hollywood Hills which overlooks Los Angeles. In the video, Rousey is shown hearing her critics and literally shutting off ESPN’s Stephen Smith (on TV) before training mad as hell in her quest to re-capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
Rousey was part woman, part invincible when she faced Holly Holm at UFC 193 last year. But in a shock outcome, Holm dominated her from start to finish before knocking her out in what stands as one of the most stunning upsets in the history of the UFC. Rousey has been scarce to the media ever since and many wondered if she would actually return to fighting. But last month, UFC President Dana White announced that Rousey will be challenging current champion Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 207 on December 30. Since then, the UFC has tried to sell Ronda hard again. However, beating Amanda Nunes will take more than powerful videos and hype.
Nunes won the title with a dominating performance against Miesha Tate at UFC 200 after Tate won the title from Holm at UFC 194. But while the belt has changed hands in the last three title fights, it may be staying with Nunes at year’s end.
Rousey opened as a -160 favorite against Nunes’ +150. Those numbers have remained in the same range as of the latest odds but despite that, Rousey may be in for a rude awakening.
Nunes isn’t a former boxing world champion like Holm but she does have equally impressive striking. The Lioness averages 4.23 significant strikes landed per minute at a 52% accuracy. Those numbers are almost equal to Ronda’s 4.03 at 52%. However, Nunes has better defense, absorbing just 2.81 significant strikes per minute as compared to Ronda’s 3.36. As a point of comparison, Holm’s averages are 3.08 significant strikes landed per minutes and 32% striking accuracy. So if Rousey had problems dealing with Holm, she will have her hands full against Nunes who has more power than Holm. It also helps that Nunes is at least an inch taller and one inch longer than Rousey.
Rousey’s perceived edge will be her grappling and ground game, owing to her judo background and armbar submissions. But if Rousey had a hard time taking down Holm who had a 77% takedown defense, then she could also have similar problems with Nunes’ 73% takedown defense as well.
Rousey was a dominant force during her reign as champion. In fact, she was a force like we had never seen before. But that was her time and as Amanda Nunes says, this is her time. And Nunes is one bad-ass girl inside the Octagon. Rousey will need to bring out her absolute best warrior beast ever to win this time around against Nunes. Don’t let those videos deceive you.