"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey a Favorite To Regain Women's Bantamweight Title

Published on December 15th, 2016 6:01 am EST

The UFC 207 poster - Nunes vs. Rousey - December 30th, 2016.The main event of UFC 207 on Friday, December 30th will feature the return of one of the UFC's biggest stars, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey.

Rousey has been out of action for over a year after getting knocked out by Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. The fight, which produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the UFC, made a star out of Holly Holm and forced Rousey to retreat out of the spotlight. There were some who thought that Rousey may never return to the Octagon after suffering the first loss of her career, though she is set to return at UFC 207 later this month.

Amanda Nunes, on the other hand, is a very formidable opponent for Rousey and certainly has the capability to win this fight. Nunes thrashed Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 in July to win the Women's Bantamweight title and will be looking to score the biggest win of her career on Friday, December 30th when she steps into the Octagon across from Ronda Rousey.

Rousey remains one of the biggest box office draws that the UFC has, and her return to the Octagon should do close to a million buys. Can Rousey overcome the demons in her own head to regain the Women's Bantamweight title, or will Amanda Nunes send the former champion into retirement? This is what makes the UFC 207 fight such a compelling storyline.

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Ronda Rousey will enter this fight as the betting favorite - here are the current odds:

Amanda Nunes, 2.40
Ronda Rousey, 1.63

According to these odds, a successful $100 bet on Nunes would return a total profit of $140, while a successful $100 wager on Rousey would return a profit of $63.

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Ronda Rousey abandoned her bread and butter when she fought Holly Holm and the decision ended up costing her the title.

If Rousey insists on engaging in a striking contest against Amanda Nunes, there is a very good chance that she will lose the fight.

In order to regain her Women's Bantamweight title, Ronda Rousey will need to stick to what she does best - taking down her opponents and making them tap via armbar. Rousey needs to get close to Nunes and take her opponent to the ground - lengthy striking exchanges will likely not play to Rousey's advantage.

For Nunes, she will need to keep the fight standing as much as possible, as she clearly will have the advantage on the feet. If Rousey is able to take Nunes to the ground, odds are that the champion will have a very long night.

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