Alex Chambers’ UFC 207 Preview: Ronda Rousey’s Return In Tale of Two Titles


In a card headlined by a duo of bantamweight championship fights, UFC 207 in Las Vegas is set to host "A Tale of Two Titles".

The main event of the evening features the long anticipated return of former Strikeforce and first ever UFC queen "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey

Easily identified as an architect of the organisation's women's divisions, it’s fair to say this is one of the greatest returns of an athlete to a sport in history.

We all know whether you’re a mixed martial arts fan or not, you know who 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey is. 

In a night of firsts, Rowdy will be challenging for the UFC title for the first time and she’ll be in the blue corner for the first time and watching for the first time another champion inside the Octagon.

Enter Bantamweight champion of the world, Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes (pictured below).

In under a year, the UFC's elite have spoilt us with story book title fights.

Nunes versus Rousey is the mother of all title fights. How much am I looking forward to this?

As a UFC strawweight and mixed martial artist there's always one or two individuals you have always looked up to in the sport.

Let's just say I bought Ronda Rousey's book when it first came out and now she is fighting one of them. 

Preluding this match-up is a title fight that has been on the bucket lists of mma fans (including myself).

The co-main event of UFC 207 features current champ Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz (22-1, 5-0 UFC) (pictured above) facing undefeated Cody "No Love" Garbrandt (10-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

How do I see this fight panning out?

Bring out the popcorn and don't blink, it's going to be a complete scrap.

These two guys are entering the Octagon with bad intentions and a public hate for each other. 

They have taken overt jabs on social media with no remorse.

Cruz and Garbrandt (pictured above) have made it clear each one is set to make the other the butt of an unworthy challenge. 

Dominick Cruz is a freaking terminator.

There’s no-one else in the world who can emulate his style and "No Love's" nine TKO's and seven first round finishes is determined to derail this. 

Also in main event action will be two former UFC heavyweight champions, #1 ranked Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1) and #2 ranked Cain Velasquez (14-2-0).

Who doesn't love a rematch?

Velasquez is out for blood and revenge from his lacklustre 3rd round finish in Mexico City via Guillotine Choke last June during UFC 188.

He's a goliath hybrid of a wrestler and boxer, with a takedown and strike accuracy double that of the BJJ black belt Werdum.

I expect the heavyweights to put on a crazy and fun fight but Velasquez enters the Octagon as a favourite against his opponent.

In an action packed card, other fights I’m looking forward to are bantamweights #1 ranked TJ Dillishaw (14-3-0) versus #2 John "Hands of Stone" Lineker (29-7-0) and one of my favourites #9 ranked welterweight "The Stun Gun" Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-10) (pictured above) versus former Strikeforce champ #12 ranked Tarec "The Sponge" Saffiedine

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