Over the past year, fans, media outlets and those in the MMA community have been pining for and speculating on the return to the Octagon for one of the most successful and infamous female fighters of all time–Ronda Rousey. That time is finally upon us when Rousey returns to action to face current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on December 30.
Rousey’s last call to action was easily one of the top upsets in UFC history when Holly Holm delivered a solid leg kick to Rousey’s noggin and knocked her out cold to become the champion.
Following her only professional defeat, Rousey seemed to become a bit of a recluse when she wasn’t working on outside movie projects, save for the occasional talk show circuit where she discussed the depression of the defeat that caused her to have suicidal thoughts. Since then, Rousey has long since been back inside the gym honing her skills and sharpening her laser focus on defeating Nunes.
Nunes’ last fight was just five months ago against Miesha Tate at UFC 200 where she submitted Tate to become the fourth UFC women’s bantamweight champion in just seven months. It started with Rousey losing the title to Holm at UFC 193, Holm losing to Tate at UFC 196 and finally with Tate losing the title to Nunes at UFC 200.
The backdrop of title changeovers and shakeups lend itself well to the anticipation of Rousey’s return. Will she be a weakened warrior or emerge a bettered beast? Only time will tell as the world watches and waits for the return of one Ronda Jean Rousey.
UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey
December 30, 2016
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Amanda Nunes (C), 12-1-0 (+145)
Ronda Rouse (#1), 13-4-0 (-165)
for Women’s Bantamweight championship
Dominick Cruz (C), 22-1-0 (-220)
Cody Garbrandt (#5), 10-0-0 (+180)
for Bantamweight championship
Fabricio Werdum (#1), 21-6-1 (+170)
Cain Velasquez (#2), 14-2-0 (-200)
TJ Dillashaw (#1), 14-3-0
John Lineker (#2), 29-7-0
Johny Hendricks (#6), 17-5-0
Neil Magny (#8), 18-6-0
Dong Hyun Kim (#10), 21-3-1, 1 NC
Tarec Saffiedine (#13), 16-5-0
Mike Pyle, 27-12-1
Alex Garcia, 13-3-0
Louis Smolka (#11), 11-2-0
Ray Borg (#13), 9-2-0
Alex Oliveira, 15-3-1, 1 NC
Tim Means, 26-7-1
Antonio Carlos Junior, 7-2-0, 1 NC
Marvin Vettori, 11-2-0
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