- Amanda ‘the Lioness’ Nunes landed the Bantamweight title in July after a blistering display forced a first-round submission from Miesha Tate. The success against Tate was the Brazilian’s fourth win in a row and left her with a career record of 13 victories and four defeats.
- ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey has not competed since suffering the one and only defeat of her career against Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. She had previously looked close to invincible, winning 12 consecutive fights and finishing her opponents in the first round on 11 occasions.
The title has changed hands a number of times over the past year, with Holly Holm sealing a famous victory against Ronda Rousey but then being unable to repeat her heroics against Miesha Tate. Nunes then dethroned Tate in spectacular style, which is no mean feat considering that Tate had been the only fighter to have taken Rousey beyond the first round.
Nunes has the talent to take out Rousey, just as Holm did with a head kick at UFC 193, and there have been suggestions that the American’s confidence could be shaky as this will be the first time she has had to compete after a loss and has had such a long period of inactivity. However, there will also be concerns about Nunes’ fitness after she had to pull out of a pre-fight press conference due to illness, and if she is even slightly below her best it will be an almost impossible challenge against Rousey.
Rousey has perfected the armbar submission, with nine of her 11 first-round finishes coming via the move, and odds of 4/6 on Rousey to win by knockout technical knockout or submission look fair. For even better value, though, it might be a better bet to back Rousey at 5/4 to win in round one, as the aggressive styles of both fighters suggest this will not be a bout that lasts the distance.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Ronda Rousey to win in Round 1 - 5/4
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.