The card will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight, as reigning champion Amanda Nunes battles returning former champion Ronda Rousey. The bout will mark Nunes’ first defense as champion since she wrested the title from the waist of Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July. Rousey, meanwhile, will be making her first steps into the Octagon since she was turned off by a Holly Holm head-kick in November of 2015.
UFC 207’s co-main event will occur in the men’s bantamweight division, where champion Dominick Cruz will attempt to defend his title against 25-year-old knockout artist Cody Garbrandt. Cruz began 2016 by returning from a lengthy stint on the injury list to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title from TJ Dillashaw. In his most recent bout thereafter, he defended the title against an old rival in Urijah Faber – Garbrandt’s mentor. Garbrandt will enter the fight having won his first five bouts in the UFC – the three most recent of which he has earned with first-round knockouts.
In advance of this massively anticipated card, the UFC has released the latest edition of its popular Countdown series. In this episode, fans can take a look inside the lives and training camps of Nunes, Cruz and Garbrandt, and recount the moments that led to Rousey’s long-awaited return.
In addition to this duo of bantamweight title fights, UFC 207’s main card will feature a men’s bantamweight contender bout between former champ TJ Dillashaw and John Lineker, a welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Tarec Saffiedine, and a flyweight scrap between Ray Borg and Louis Smolka. The card’s originally scheduled Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum bout has unfortunately been cancelled.
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