Ronda Rousey will finally return in December, when she faces Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women’s bantamweight title at UFC 207.
Interestingly, former champ and longtime rival Miesha Tate offered her opinion on the fight… and believes Rousey will win, but there’s a catch.
After fighting both, Tate (18-6) knows both their strengths and weaknesses.
“I think if Ronda is at her height, I would probably say Ronda [wins],” Tate said. “I always tend to favor grapplers. That’s just my bias. I think it’s more probable for a fight to go to the ground and get finished than it is for a clean knockout. That’s less common in women’s MMA.
“So, if you factor that in, I think Ronda is the stronger grappler.”
Rousey (12-1) is a U.S. Olympic bronze medalist in judo and has nine career submission wins in MMA. On the other side, Nunes (13-4) has won nine fights by knockout. Rousey is the betting favorite.
Although Tate believes Rousey will win, she’s not extremely confident, because she questions her mindset after suffering such a vicious knockout to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. After the loss, she has mostly stayed out of the spotlight.
“What’s so weird about this fight is all the X factors,” Tate said. “Amanda is a really tenacious fighter and I think she’s going to have a newfound confidence coming into this fight.
“I guess what I don’t know is how Ronda is going to show up. I’m pretty confident about what Amanda will show up, but Ronda — it has been such a long time. Ring rust can be a very real thing and how is she going to be as far as being punch-shy? She knows Amanda is heavy-handed and after being cracked by Holly, does that change the mindset of someone like Ronda who kind of believed, along with many others, she was untouchable?
“It’s hard to say who wins this because it kind of depends on what version of Ronda shows up.”