Rousey Favored to Earn Title at UFC 207
- Updated: December 20, 2016
Ronda Rousey will be looking to reclaim the UFC women’s bantamweight championship on December 30 when she steps into the octagon to face reigning champion Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 207 as a -155 betting favorite.
The division’s No. 1 challenger surrendered the women’s bantamweight crown to Holly Holm in a second-round loss as heavy -850 chalk at UFC 193, dropping her professional MMA record to 12-1 ahead of the upcoming matchup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The loss to Holm abruptly halted Rousey’s meteoric rise to UFC stardom, which featured impressive first-round wins in each of her previous three fights.
Rousey posted a KO win over Bethe Correia as a -1600 favorite at UFC 190 after claiming a win by submission just 14 seconds into her clash with Cat Zingano as -650 chalk at UFC 184, and needed just 16 seconds to KO Alexis Davis as a -800 favorite at UFC 175.
Nunes ascended to the women’s bantamweight championship with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 200, defying the oddsmakers as a +205 underdog and lifting her pro MMA record to 13-4.
The Lioness has also earned Performance of the Night honors in two of her past three contests, but the 28-year-old Brazilian needed a three-round unanimous decision to earn the win over Valentina Shevchenko in a fight pegged as a pick’em at UFC 196.
That win also marked the first time in her past four bouts that Nunes earned the win in a fight lasting longer than one round, including a pair of unanimous decision losses, to Zingano as a +175 underdog at UFC 178 and to Sarah D’Alelio as -240 chalk at Invicta FC 4.
Cruz, Velasquez Also UFC 207 Favorites
Also on the UFC 207 card, the men’s bantamweight title will be on the line when champion Dominick Cruz takes on No. 5 challenger Cody Garbrandt as -225 chalk.
Cruz has dominated the division with 13 straight victories, including a unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber as -380 chalk at UFC 199 in his first defense of the bantamweight crown since reclaiming the title with a split decision win over TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81.
A +175 underdog at UFC 207, Garbrandt improved to a perfect 10-0 with his third straight first-round win, knocking out Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202 as -500 chalk.
As well, Cain Velasquez is a -225 favorite in his clash with heavyweight rival Fabricio Werdum, who trails at +175, while Dillashaw returns to action as a -260 favorite against John Lineker, who sports +200 odds.
*Odds as of December 20, 2016