UFC President Dana White announced Wenesday that Ronda Rousey, arguably the most widely recognized name in MMA, as well as the most popular female athlete in the world, will be returning to octagon on December 30th, 2016 where she will face Amanda Nunes for the main event of UFC 207. Rousey, who’s record as of now is 12-1, dominated the world of mixed martial arts by holding the 135-pound belt from November 2012 until she was defeated by Holly Holm in November 2015. During that span, she set the record for the longest reigning champion in the history of women’s MMA. She also evolved from a submission expert to a full-on knockout specialist in this time, only allowing one opponent, Miesha Tate, to make it out of the first round against her.
At UFC 184, “Rowdy” Ronda’s exponentially increasing fame and reputation as the most dominant female fighter in the world, made a bold statement by defeating Cat Zingano in a UFC-record 14 seconds by armbar. At that point, it seemed to many as though Rousey was all but unbeatable and would hold onto the title for several more years. However, it wouldn’t be long before an adversary would strip her of her title. At UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm, and “Rowdy” Ronda decided to take a break from fighting for a short while.
But now she’s back. Rowdy Ronda Rousey will be back in action at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes to attempt to strip her of the bantamweight title. Many believe that Nunes, a ferocious Brazilian fighter who has racked up a 6-1 record as of now, has a finishing game (submission or knockout) that may rival Rousey’s. When they square off the day prior to New Years Eve, they will both be looking to seal their legacies into the world of mixed martial arts more so than they already have. The bout will air live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Don’t miss it.