UFC will look to end 2016 with a bang at UFC 206. Ronda Rousey is finally back. After a 13 month lay off , the former bantamweight champ will look to return to the top ,when she battles Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight championship. The event will be co-headlined by a UFC men’s bantamweight championship, but there will be plenty of other bouts for fans who enjoy betting on UFC. UFC is banking on a great performance by Ronda Rousey.
The ex-champ largely fell out of the spotlight following the second-round head-kick knockout. UFC champ Conor McGregor has shouldered much of the promotional load in her absence, but Rousey was something special for the sport: a crossover star who brought hordes of new fans to MMA.
Ronda Rousey was a monster in the octagon. She won her first 12 fight all do to stoppage. Out of the 12 fights, 11 didn’t even make it to the second round.
Nunes Isn’t a Pushover Champion
Amanda Nunes, who’s nickname is “The Lioness,” defeated former Ronda Rousey rival Meisha Tate at UFC 200 to become the new champion. Tate has never beaten Rousey, but did end up taking the bantamweight title against Holm at UFC 196.
Amanda Nunes was a big underdog going into her UFC 200 title tilt with champion Miesha Tate, but demolished Rousey’s old rival in quick order, securing a rear-naked choke finish in just three minutes 16 seconds to become Brazil’s first female UFC champion and break down barriers as the UFC’s first openly gay world champ.
Amanda Nunes is powerful and destructive, but also can disappears in an instant. While she has improved technically over the years, she doesn’t last long in fights, with her grappling skills often being the first thing to fade. That would be a tailor-made matchup for the Rousey. Nunes Brazilian’s’ go-to fighting style is to dominate her opponent on the ground, but against a fighter like Ronda, the ground may not be the ideal place to achieve victory.Ronda will look to wear Nunes down on the mat.
Ronda Rousey Looking For Redemption
If Rousey, as the UFC is implying, returns angrier and hungrier than ever, it will likely lead to a fairly dominant win for her. A win for Ronda, could set up something huge down the line, with Chris Cyborg. Just having Ronda back is a big win for the UFC. Even if it’s just for one or two more fights.