MMA Forethought: UFC 207
By Edward Carbajal, Joseph Correa, Daniel Zaldivar
UFC 207 will be the last event of the year of the year for the promotion. With it comes with the return of Ronda Rousey and a title shot at Amanda Nunes who has been overshadowed by the once bantamweight champion. When fighters take time off a lot of hype versus speculation gets a lot of fight fans talking, especially when there is a title on the line.
With that in mind, Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought on how the main card bouts could go down for the last UFC event of 2016
Amanda Nunes (13-4) vs. Ronda Rousey (12-1)
Rousey took the MMA world by storm and ran through her opponents as such. Last year she met her match in Holly Holm, a highly skilled striker and a stylistic nightmare for Rousey from the start. From the opening, it was clear she was in for a short night and not in a good way. Holm consistently used movement and angles to land strikes and avoid the hard-charging Rousey. Her game plan was so effective that even when grabbed she was able to diffuse the attack and counter Rousey’s offense. The fight ended in a brutal knockout and I'm not sure Rousey will be able to shake that from her memory banks as she takes on Amanda Nunes. Nunes has very aggressive style with powerful striking which she displayed in her win over Miesha Tate and she is also holds ablack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu which may pose problems for Rousey coming off a long lay-off and such a brutal knockout loss. My pick is Nunes inside of two rounds. –Joseph Correa Rousey by KO-Daniel Zaldivar Nunes by RNC rd.2 -Ed Carbajal
Dominick Cruz (22-1) vs. Cody Garbrandt (10-0)
Cruz’s style of fighting may look odd, his footwork seems weird to some fans and trash talk already makes most his opponents so upset all of the above helps him win. However Garbrandt has been doing pretty well as of late with his last three wins coming by way of KO/TKO in the first round. Cruz should be worried but he is also very hard to hit. Garbrandt will have to keep up with the champ to keep up the sting of wins and I doubt Cruz will let him do that. Cruz by decision. – Ed Carbajal Cruz via decision –Daniel Zaldivar
T.J. Dillashaw (22-1) vs. John Lineker (29-7)
Dillashaw has an excellent spread of wins from each major category. Whether its submission, decision or knockout, the Cal State Fullerton alumni is essentially dangerous from all different directions. Lineker has more than double the bouts than Dillashaw and is coming off a split decision win against John Dodson back in October (where he missed weight). The Brazilian Lineker has been seen to be dangerous with his right hand Dillashaw would be smart to not engage too much with him. Lineker by decision. –Daniel Zaldivar Dillashaw by KO/TKO rd. 3 –Ed Carbajal
Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (16-5)
Saffiedine was originally supposed to fight Matt Brown, but Brown was instead moved to UFC 206 and Kim came in as the replacement. Kim, who is nicknamed “Stun Gun,” has been out of action for more than a year and, at 35yearsold, it will be interesting to see if any ring rust will factor in. Nevertheless, Kim has been known to take the fight to the canvas and begin striking away. It will be difficult for Saffiedine to not hit the canvas at least once. Maybe that's all “Stun Gun” will need. Kim by 2nd Rd. KO. - Daniel Zaldivar
Every fight is chance to change something but this final event marks changes to come for what is considered the number one mixed martial arts promotion. Will you be watching Friday night?