The return of Ronda Rousey only lasted 48 seconds after Amanda Nunes successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight crown at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Nunes was clearly the superior fighter. Rousey threw some punches but got countered everytime until she got pummeled in the face. Ref Herb Dean stopped the fight to save the former champ from more battering. I saw no Ronda Rousey during the whole fight. The utterly dominant Ronda who even claimed she could beat Mayweather. Really I hope she becomes strong both mentally and emotionally and comes back still.
The trading insults at one another between Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt indeed erupted into a five round brawl! Cody’s excellent game plan and dance moves were on display. He was landing big punches and took Dominick down during the first round. The left eye of the former champ was cut from a headbutt causing him to bleed in the third round. Cruz was outclassed, taunted and danced by “No Love” to deliver an upset win and become the unbeaten, new world bantamweight champion. Both fighters were awarded $50,000 for Fight of the Night bonuses.
TJ Dillashaw’s performace warrants a title shot at 135 lbs. He used his footwork to outclassed John Lineker. “I want my belt. That’s my belt. He’s (Dominick Cruz) running from me. He knows I won it. I want my belt back”, The former bantamweight champion said after his unanimous decision victory.
Luis Smolka took 30% of Ray Borg’s purse as a penalty from not making weight. Borg with some heavy grappling and ground and pound took the win by way of unanimous decision.
The prelim fights were just as good as the main events. Jonny Hendricks dropped Neil Magny in round one but Magny was fighting on the ground with landing more strikes and triangle, stood up in round two. The no. 8-ranked welterweight got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle again which was a near tap experience with numerous elbows. Close one. Magny edged Hendricks on scores after the three rounds. He also gets 20% of Hendricks purse. Hendricks missed weight for the third time.
Amanda Nunes and Alex Garcia were also awarded $50,000 for Performance of the Night bonuses.
The official UFC 207 results:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey at 46 secs of Round 1
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via UD
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw def. John Lineker via UD
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via SD
Flyweight: Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via UD
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via UD
Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via UD
Welterweight: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle at 3:34 of Round 1
Welterweight: Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch at 4:40 of Round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira was declared as NC (illegal knees) at 3:33 of Round 1