Amanda Nunes (c) vs Ronda Rousey (Women's Bantamweight Title) Dominick Cruz (c) vs Cody Garbrandt (Bantamweight Title) TJ Dillashaw vs John Lineker (Bantamweight Bout) Dong Hyun Kim vs Tarec Saffiedine (Welterweight Bout) Louis Smolka vs Ray Borg (Flyweight Bout)
Prelminary Card (Live @ 8PM EST on FS1)
Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny (Welterweight Bout) Antonio Carlos Junior vs Marvin Vettori (Middleweight Bout) Mike Pyle vs Alex Garcia (Welterweight Bout) Brandon Thatch vs Niko Price (Welterweight Bout)
Fight Pass Prelim (Live @ 7:30 EST on UFC Fight Pass)
Alex Oliveira vs Tim Means (Welterweight Bout)
*Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum was removed from the card after the NSAC refused to clear Velasquez to fight **Jessica Andrade was pulled from the card after fights with Maryna Moroz and Angela Hill fell through. ***UFC 207 will be the last UFC event called by longtime commentator Mike Goldberg
Yeah I did Sand, Dillashaw was destroying Lineker on the ground.
I think the biggest surprise for me from last night was honestly the fact that Garbrandt actually had much better footwork than Cruz which is typically one of Cruz's strongest attributes.
As for Rousey, one again a shit gameplan I'm sure helped put together by her shit coach. I'll echo my thoughts from the Holm fight, Rousey's striking defense is atrocious and her offensive boxing technique isn't very good either. With Edmund being a pure boxing coach and former boxer himself it is pretty sad that Ronda's biggest weakness is her boxing. Like I said before, Rousey succeeded in spite of Edmund not because of him. His corner advice has always been terrible and he turned Travis Browne from a top contender to a guy who doesn't even look like a top 10 fighter. He also coached Jake Ellenberger in the fights that Jake has looked his absolute worst. It boils down to a series of "what ifs" at this point. What if Ronda had gone to an actual MMA camp to full develop her MMA skillset? What if Ronda approached last night's fight with an intelligent gameplan?
Even as a fan I can see that the obvious strategy against a fighter with a reach advantage and power is staying on the outside. Ronda needed to cover up and work on chopping down the lead leg with kicks. Mix in punches as Nunes focused on checking the kicks. The threat of a Nunes takedown was possible if Nunes grabbed Ronda's leg BUT to do so she'd have to close the distance and clinch with Ronda which would play into Ronda's strength. Not saying it was a fool proof path to victory but it was a least a foundation to build upon. Whereas standing in the middle of the octagon and throwing a few wild hands while a superior striker peppers you is a terrible one. Nunes is a killer in round one but significantly loses steam as the fight progresses so you have to fight defensively at first to avoid that barrage.
Regardless nothing changes the fact that Ronda in a short time had a HOF worthy career and did more for mainstream women's MMA than anybody. Shame people are going to focus on her last two fights rather than her body of work leading up to it. MMA is a tricky sport and you absolutely have to evolve a full set of skills or you are destined to fall and fall hard.