The next UFC event on the horizon is UFC 207, which will go down on December 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This card will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Amanda Nunes, and once-dominant former champion Ronda Rousey.
Rousey, of course, has not been seen in action in more than a year. When we last saw her in the Octagon, she succumbed to a second-round Holly Holm head-kick knockout, surrendering the bantamweight belt in the process.
Since that famous 2015 fight, pretty much every interview Holm has done has included questions about Rousey. Now that Rousey’s shot at redemption towers on the horizon, that’s truer than ever.
In a recent interview from MMAFighting.com, Holm fielded questions about Rousey’s looming comeback, and who she thinks will win the fight. Just like the now retired Miesha Tate, Holm said it will come down to Ronda Rousey’s headspace on fight night.
“Anybody can win in this game,” she said. “We’re all fighting against the top fighters in the world, and anything can happen, and anybody is just a person, and anybody can be beat, so I don’t really do a lot of predictions. I do think that it’s going to depend on what Ronda we see. She’s been an Olympic athlete, she’s been at the top of the women’s MMA. She didn’t get there without having some kind of a competitive spirit, but she’s also had some time off and a lot of people question a lot of things about it. You never know what’s gonna happen. It’s a wild card.”
When asked which version of Rousey she expects to show up on December 30, Holm said it’ll depend how Rousey reacts to the first few punches she eats.
“I’ve had some big losses before, and I know that after I’ve been laid out cold, going back, those first punches in a fight is like, ‘am I ok, am I ok?” Then it’s like ‘why am I even asking myself this. I’m ok, let’s go,’ you know? I think that that’s a make or break moment. Ronda’s never been there before. So I don’t think there’s any way to tell how she’s gonna be in those first exchanges until it happens.”
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