Alex Chambers’ UFC 207 Review: The Lioness Roars In 48 Seconds


If life flashes before your eyes before you die, the highlights of UFC 207 would definitely be a part of it. In the last event of the year the UFC literally saved the best for last.

Hate it or love it, we’re all walking away with a buzz to remember.

Amanda Nunes (pictured above) writes history during UFC 207's main event in 48 seconds. She’s now the only person to successfully defend the women's bantamweight crown besides Ronda Rousey.

The Lioness holds the longest active win streak of five wins in the women's bantamweight division, and she now has the third fastest knockout in bantamweight history.

In a formula for victory that was pure attack and precision, The Lioness stunned Rousey (pictured below) from the get go and overwhelmed the former champ.

Everything Nunes threw at the crowd favourite connected purposefully and painfully, making any clinch attempts and counters futile.

It’s clear Amanda Nunes intends to remain queen for a very long time. 

In an equally anticipated men's bantamweight title fight I picked a five round spectacle and a five round spectacle it was, but with a twist.

Cody 'No Love' Garbrandt (pictured below) solves the Dominick 'The Dominator' Cruz enigma in 25 minutes inside the Octagon.

There was no touching of gloves to start the fight and no prudence as Cruz and Garbrandt continued their taunts expletively during the fight.

Contrary to No Love's reputation of brutal first round knock outs we saw a side of the young fighter that neutralised the former champ’s arsenal.

With a marriage of patience and range control, No love disrupted Cruz's flow of takedown attempts and strikes and was able to pepper an increasingly frustrated Cruz with leg kicks and precise punches.

There was a distinct shift in confidence and momentum No Love’s way as the fight progressed.

Despite multiple knockdowns, let’s get one thing clear, Cruz is as tough and relentless as they come finishing strong in the fifth round.

But this wasn't enough for the judges, with the unanimous decision going to the new champ Cody Gardbrant.

In his post-fight speech, Cruz gracefully acknowledges No Love's new reign as champ and imparts an unforgettable take away regarding loss. All class.

In what I would call a completion of an epic bantamweight show, our trilogy at UFC 207 brought together a classic number 2 versus number 3 fight.

I had picked former champ TJ Dillashaw (pictured above) for a win via decision but wow! What an impressive display he gave us over the heavy handed John Lineker.

Dillashaw dazzled with a dominating, flawless performance and continues to evolve as a mixed martial artist. He has his eyes set on former teammate No Love with this win. 

Congrats to the 'Stun Gun' Dong Hyun Kim on his win over former Strikeforce champ Terric Saffiedine and to the dropping right hook by Alex Garcia for performance of the night knockout bonus. 

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