UFC 207 Fight Card, Odds, Plus Ronda Rousey's Return; Is She Ready?

The UFC 207 fight card has taken shape, as MMA fans the world over prepare to converge on Paradise, Nevada’s T-Mobile Arena this Friday, December 30 for a special New Year’s Eve “Eve” show that features the return of mega-popular monster female competitor “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Rousey has not been seen on UFC television in more than a year since dropping her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship — and her previously dominant undefeated streak — in a tough upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. At UFC 207, Rousey will draw the 4-0 new Women’s Bantamweight title-holder Amanda Nunes. It was Nunes, herself, who upset Meisha Tate at UFC 200 in July to bring the championship home for herself. The UFC 207 fight card has given way to odds that have Rousey listed at a -180 betting favorite for UFC 207 according to data compiled by Odds Shark. Rousey finds herself in a unique position just over a year after a lot of her mystique went away. Heading into her UFC 193 title defense against Holm, Ronda had been regarded as an unstoppable monster, and few figured she would ever lose her Bantamweight title in such dominating fashion. Ronda Rousey [Image by David Becker/Getty Images for Buffalo David Bitton] Since that tough, humiliating UFC title loss, many publicly wondered whether Rousey would ever again be the same, let alone contend for the championship. This line of thought also seemed more and more likely as each UFC card came and went — 14 in all — without Ronda participating. Rather than going the traditional route of handpicking opponents to pad UFC her record and build up confidence, Ronda Rousey has instead put all of her marbles into heavily training for a UFC 207 return and title match. The fact that Rousey has been dedicating herself exclusively to training following that loss to Holm indicates to many that Amanda Nunes (+140) might just be in trouble at UFC 207. Rousey’s return aside, however, the UFC 207 fight card is stacked with matches that have fans excited. This UFC 207 fight card will be co-headlined by a men’s Bantamweight championship match between title-holder Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt. Cruz is a -225 favorite, also per Odds Shark, to defeat the 10-0 Garbrandt (+175), who SB Nation noted has won nine of his 10 fights by knockout. By comparison, Dominick has won six out of his last seven by decision after going the five-round limit. Clearly, Cruz is a fighter built to win with stamina, and a key will be to avoid getting hit with a “lights-out” blow by his opponent. In other UFC 207 fight card action, a top contender’s match for the UFC Men’s Bantamweight title will see the heavily favorited T.J. Dillashaw (-250) taking on John Lineker (+195) in yet another match expected to pit one man’s ability to endure punishment and emerge the winner (Dillashaw) versus another competitor’s pure power and potential for a knockout blow (Lineker). Amidst so much great Bantamweight action, the UFC 207 fight card did take a bit of a hit this week when former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez was pulled from his impending battle against another former UFC Heavyweight title-holder, and jiu-jitsu master, Fabricio Werdum. Cain Velasquez [Image by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images] “Based on the medical records, interviews with [Cain] Velasquez and best judgement of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians,” said Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett late last week, per MMAFighting.com, “[as well as] to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we’ve determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight.” The news, of course, followed an independent ESPN report in which Velasquez noted that he would need surgery due to extensive back and leg injuries. The major matches for UFC’s highly anticipated UFC 207 fight card, including up-to-date odds compiled by Odds Shark, include: Women’s Bantamweight Title:
Amanda Nunes (c) +140 vs. Ronda Rousey -180 Men’s Bantamweight Title:
Dominick Cruz (c) -225 vs. Cody Garbrandt +180 TJ Dillashaw -250 vs. John Lineker +195 Alex Garcia -154 vs. Mike Pyle +124 Dong Hyun Kim -133 vs. Tarec Saffiedine +108 Neil Magny -250 vs. Johny Hendricks +195 Who are you rooting for? [Featured Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images]

Why Is Ronda Rousey Silent Ahead Of UFC 207 Bout Versus Amanda Nunes?

Ronda Rousey returns to the octagon at UFC 207 Friday night as she takes on current champion Amanda Nunes. It will be Ronda’s first fight in more than a year but surprisingly, Rousey hasn’t had much to say about it. Ronda Rousey will face current UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images.] Opinions about Ronda Rousey vary wildly in the mixed martial arts community. Several fighters have spoken out about Rousey’s brash and even sometimes volatile attitude. Others brush her antics off as Ronda simply being a competitor focused on winning. But one thing fellow fighters seem to agree on is a frustration over the fact that Rousey is seemingly held to a different standard than the rest of them, citing Ronda’s recent absence from promoting the very event she’s headlining. “I guess in a sense you can understand because she wants to be as mentally prepared as she can to come back strong, but so does everybody else in this room,” UFC fighter Ray Borg said to Fox Sports regarding Rousey’s absence from the press junket. “So it’s also kind of weird that she just got to bypass everything. When Conor got pulled from a whole fight card from it.” Borg’s suggestion that Conor McGregor was punished for the very same thing Ronda Rousey is doing or not doing is a little far fetched. After all, Ronda Rousey never took to social media to express her disdain for the UFC’s promotion requirements of fighters. And unlike McGregor, Rousey never threatened to retire out of spite…at least not publicly. Still, the notion that Ronda Rousey is Dana White’s golden child isn’t all that far fetched. Ronda Rousey will return to the octagon for UFC 207. It is Rousey’s first fight since her loss to Holly Holm in November of 2015. [Image by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images.] There is no other fighter in UFC history that White has been so patient with in regard to their return to octagon following a loss. Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm was her first and Ronda was left emotionally devastated, even admitting that for a brief second she considered suicide. Ronda also suffered a significant injury to her jaw during the fight and then had subsequent knee surgery but Rousey was keeping herself busy with movie projects as well. All the while, White maintained there was no pressure for Ronda to return until she was ready. Now that Ronda Rousey is coming back, it would seem that Dana White would be forcing her into the role of pitching pay-per-view sales of UFC 207. Instead, Rousey has shown up for two quick stare downs of Nunes and the weigh-in with nothing much to say. Is Ronda’s lack of participation a blatant middle finger to the other fighters on the card or is Rousey’s quiet return not only her way of preparing for the fight but part of the UFC marketing plan? For Rousey’s last fight, Ronda let her emotions get the better of her at the weigh-ins. Rousey and Holm had to be separated by White as Ronda lunged in and began to shout at her opponent. Many people noted that Ronda appeared especially thin at that weigh-in and bloated at the fight suggesting Rousey didn’t properly train for the weight cut versus Holm and therefore Ronda was trying to intimidate Holm mentally ahead of the fight. Rousey then went on a social media tirade against Holm. Those tactics didn’t bode so well for Ronda. The champ @Amanda_Leoa battles former champ @RondaRousey THIS FRIDAY at #UFC207! @Reebok pic.twitter.com/hKiO2NzDtC — #UFC207 (@ufc) December 29, 2016 This time around, Rousey appeared to be more physically prepared at the UFC 207 weigh-ins. Ronda projected the quiet confidence that used to ooze from her before the loss. Rousey and Nunes wore matching faces of stone as they stared down each other before Rousey walked off the stage. This Ronda Rousey fits the narrative of UFC 207’s “Fear the Return” ad campaign so it’s possible, Ronda’s silence is nothing more than just part of the marketing ploy. #FearTheReturn #FridayDec30 #rouseyvsnunes #ufc207 A video posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Dec 28, 2016 at 4:04pm PST Former rival Miesha Tate, however, told Fox Sports’ Skip and Shannon earlier this week that she thinks Ronda’s absence from notable media appearances for UFC 207 is a sign that Rousey doesn’t want to be fighting. “Maybe she doesn’t want to do it. Maybe she said ‘look, I’ll do it under one condition, I’ll do it my way.’ And so I just think maybe she doesn’t want to be here doing this right now,” Tate reportedly said of Rousey’s failure to do publicity according to MMA Fighting. And while Tate may have a point, another fighter on the UFC 207 card may have the true answer as to why Ronda Rousey has been absent. Ronda Rousey’s past and legacy speak for itself and so there is no need for her to perform the song and dance of press days. “She’s kind of like footing the bill for most of us,” Flyweight fighter Louis Smolka said. “I mean people are paying to watch her fight. Some people might be (paying to watch us fight) but pretty much everyone is here to watch Ronda fight.” [Featured image by Harry How/Getty Images.]

Watch UFC 207 Ronda Rousey Vs. Amanda Nunes Live Online: Start Time, Streaming Video For Friday's Showdown

Fighting fans can watch UFC 207 live online and see if the Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes fight can live up to the hype as the former champion — and the sport’s biggest star — returns to the cage for the first time in more than a ear. Rousey will be competing in her first match since a shocking loss to Holly Holm in UFC 197, which took place more than a year ago. Rousey was knocked out with a powerful head kick, leaving an injury that kept her out of action for months and even led her to thoughts of suicide, the Los Angeles Times reported. Rousey will make her return on Friday against the women’s bantamweight champion, Brazil’s Amanda Nunes. The action is set to start on Friday from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with preliminary fights beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET and the main card at 10 p.m. ET. Viewers can watch UFC 207 on pay-per-view, but will also be able to catch at least some of the action live online. Those who watch the Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes match live online will likely see a wide-open bout. Rousey’s aura of invincibility was stripped away with her loss to Holly Holm, and handicappers now expect a much closer fight. [Image by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images] Though Rousey is still a 2/1 favorite at Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas, that is down sharply from her previous bouts, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Why is Rousey favored? Reputation,” Westgate race and sports book director Jay Kornegay said. “It’s a tough fight to handicap because of what she’s gone through over the past year. I’m not exactly sure where her head is these days, but prior to [Holm], she was dominating, and you have to factor that in. “Hindsight will tell us if she needed that break, or if she’s totally lost it.” Amanda Nunes is a tough matchup for Ronda Rousey, with plenty of knockout power and strong submission moves in her arsenal that could keep Rousey on the defensive, FOX Sports reported. Nunes said she is looking forward to the match and plans to punish Rousey if the former champ makes any errors. “I’m going to look for my best punches,” Nunes said. “I want to see this too, how she’s going to take it. I’m curious, too. I think it’s going to be surprising how she’s going to react. I really want to see how she reacts after I connect on a couple of punches on her. If she reacts very well, I will still have my plan ‘B’. I have my strategy.” [Image by Ethan Miller/Getty Images] “It could be a TKO, it could be a submission, whatever she gives to me. Whatever mistake she makes, I will take over this fight in the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth. MMA is a box of surprises. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I am going to finish her but I don’t know when, the first, the second, I don’t know. I always have opportunities to finish in the first round. If she gives me the opportunity, I will take it.” UFC 207 Fight Card UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card (7:30 p.m. ET)
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET)
Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori
Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price Pay-Per-View Main Card (10 p.m. ET)
Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey
Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt
T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg Fans who want to watch UFC 207 live online will need to pay for the main card on pay-per-view, but can catch the earlier action for free. Streaming video of the preliminary fights will be shown on UFC Fight Pass, which is available for a free trial for first-time users. The Fox Sports 1 preliminary card can be seen on Fox Sports GO. The app is free to download on Apple, Android, or Google devices, Amazon devices, and Windows devices. And fans who don’t want to watch UFC 207 live online but would rather watch the Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes fight with a few friends and some cold drinks will get some help from the UFC. The organization has a full list of bars that will be carrying the event. [Featured Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images]

Amanda Nunes Believes She Is Better Than Ronda Rousey

Is Amanda Nunes better than Ronda Rousey? Nunes believes that she is and she thinks that Rousey, the most heralded woman in mixed martial arts believes it too. Amanda Nunes gets to prove her case tonight in Las Vegas at UFC 207 when she defends her bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey. It is Nunes’ first title defense. Most people are excited about Ronda Rousey making her return to the octagon, and her much-ballyhooed return has been hype as a coronation of some sorts. Amanda Nunes is looking to crash the party. As everyone who follows the UFC recalls the last time Ronda Rousey was a combatant, she lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Holm’s aggressive boxing style kept the former champion off balance throughout the night. Punches came from angles which Rousey never saw coming. And the defeat had Rousey so depressed, that she admittedly contemplated suicide, according to ESPN. Holly Holm was a former boxing champion, undefeated in her field at the time she beat Ronda Rousey. Amanda Nunes has considerable boxing skill, with raw power, not to mention her superior overall ability to that of Holm. All of which is why she is going in to UFC 207 feeling very confident. [Image by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images] While Ronda Rousey has kept a low profile leading up to her return, Amanda Nunes has embraced the stage. Making the rounds on television, conducting interviews, all things that she can become used to if she can ruin Rousey’s comeback. In one of her most recent interviews, Amanda Nunes spoke about her mindset going into tonight’s brawl with Fox Sports. “Obviously I’m very confident. I know what I’m capable of doing and I’ve been training. I know everything Ronda Rousey’s going to bring to the table and I’m ready for her.” As for the approach she took on during the preparation for UFC 207, she sounded ready. “This camp we pretty much are getting everything ready — striking, ground, judo defense, judo attacks, positioning and everything. I’m going to be ready for her.” Amanda Nunes has never been submitted as a mixed martial arts fighter. Keeping that streak going will be a tall task given the fact that Ronda Rousey is one of the best submission artists in the world. It would not be surprising if Nunes’ judo defense appears to be drastically better. If so, the champion could have her hand raised once again. Amanda Nunes is primed to ruin Ronda Rousey’s first bout back. The UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion appears very confident going into UFC 207. [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images] To be successful requires belief. Amanda Nunes believes she’s better than her adversary. She also feels that she has several ways to win tonight. “I think I have ways to win everywhere. Of course, Ronda’s a pretty tough opponent but so is every single girl in this division — but I’m better than all of them. I will show again one more time I am the best in this division. I’m ready to show this and make a statement to this division.” Again, in order to be successful, one has to believe that they can win. Amanda Nunes not only believes that she can win, she knows she can. Rousey’s inactivity will play a huge role. No one can have the type of layoff that Ronda Rousey had and not show rust. Things would be different if she had taken a tune-up fight before getting in the octagon with Nunes, but that was never going to be the case, leaving everything to the current circumstances. A confident Amanda Nunes taking on a silent and determined Ronda Rousey makes for good theater. The time off puts the challenger at a disadvantage. Amanda Nunes knows this. Tonight she will look to prove that she is better. [Featured Image by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images]

UFC 207 Main Event: Amanda Nunes Knocks Out Ronda Rousey In First Round

Coming back to the ring after staying away for more than a year, Ronda Rousey and her fans were expecting to put up a decent fight at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes. However, Rousey’s challenge ended in under a minute when a flurry of fists threw Rousey off her feet just a few seconds into the match. Everything was over in under 48 seconds. A Washington Post report described the turn of events as “brutal, shocking, and ugly”. At the end, this was what the scorecard looked like. Women’s Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey via TKO at 0:48 in Round 1 Nunes was dominant right from the start. She landed heavy right over hands to which Rousey had no defense. In fact, Rousey was seen immediately backing up with no sign of any offense. For many, it was an unbelievable sight to see the bully getting bullied. Those who know Ronda Rousey’s history, she is known to bully and overwhelm her opponents to submission – sometimes even before the actual fight started. However, Rousey was given no such chance by Amanda. According to SB Nation, Rousey never got a chance to establish a gameplan or even get settled. Nunes scored her win with a final TKO following which referee Herb Dean stopped the action even before the first minute was over. 48 seconds into the match and everything was over for Rousey. Well that was quick! Ronda Rousey’s return had all the buzz, but Amanda Nunes still has that belt after a devastating first-round TKO. pic.twitter.com/E5JIJrBrA0 — ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2016 After the flurry of jabs by Nunes, Rousey was seen falling backwards. She did however, try to lean forward and make an attempt to show some challenge. However, Nunes was able to shove Rousey back once again and continued to plod forward. Rousey did manage to land one hook at Nunes who continued to pursue Ronda aggressively. However, that hook had little effect on the defending champion. Once it became evident that Rousey was dazed, she was an easy target for Nunes. At the end of 48 seconds. Once the coach signaled the end, Nunes’ coaches and her girlfriend Nina Ansaroff jumped up in celebration. While Rousey did not fall unconscious as the case was with her last fight against Holly Holm, she was clearly seen fledgling and out on her feet. With the match finishing under 48 seconds, it was the fastest knockout fnish ever in Nunes’ career. In an interview after the event, Nunes told reporters; “I’m stopping everybody like that. When I asked for this fight, I knew everything. I was preparing my mind, spirit, body. I know Ronda Rousey is big. They know and love Ronda Rousey, but no one is going to take this belt from me.” Rousey was seen walking out of the Octagon without assistance. She however, did not address the media after the fight. Amanda Nunes, right, connects with Ronda Rousey in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. [Image by John Locher/ AP Images] Following the shocking nature of Rousey’s defeat, social media erupted with videos and meme’s many of them making fun of Rousey. We have embedded some of the tweets below. Even the official Twitter account of Amanda nunes had this to say to Rousey. pic.twitter.com/1zflrVlJrl — Amanda????Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) December 31, 2016 Here’s the full Ronda Rousey fight. #UFC207 pic.twitter.com/bNtRi6gIo5 — Daniel Dudley (@DDisBORED) December 31, 2016 Ronda Rousey’s retirement party in slow motion. =-) pic.twitter.com/BUFVC0y2pj — Sophia Helwani (@SophiaHelwani) December 31, 2016 Ronda Rousey: The last victim of 2016 #RIPpic.twitter.com/Is2R3iVjfH — NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 31, 2016 Following her shock win, that under under a minute, amanda Nunes now holds the UFC female bantamweight record for most finishes inside the first round. Before this fight, she was tied with Rousey with both of them having five wins in the very first round. [Featured image by John Locher/AP Images]

Is Ronda Rousey Retiring? Ex-Champ's Future In Doubt After UFC 207 Loss

It took all of 48 seconds for Amanda Nunes to successfully defend her UFC Bantamweight title at UFC 207 and convincingly defeat the once-dominating Ronda Rousey. But is she retiring, and possibly focusing on what could be an expanded acting career or a stint in professional wrestling, now that she’s been knocked out in two straight events after breezing through most of her 12-fight winning streak? At the time she fought her first UFC fight in February 2013, Ronda Rousey was 6-0, having defeated all but one of those opponents in less than a minute. And as she won her first six UFC fights, Ronda was just as dominant, taking just 64 seconds combined to defeat Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano, and Bethe Correia in the last three of those wins. Rousey had also become a household name outside of the Octagon, as she starred in high-profile roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, appeared in various television commercials, and taken part in a segment at WrestleMania 31. When she lost her Women’s Bantamweight Championship to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015, that’s when fight fans first heard hearing talk of Ronda Rousey retiring, much like a lot of other UFC fighters do, or contemplate doing, after suffering a crushing loss. But she instead focused on an eventual return to action and took more than a year off from the Octagon, ahead of Friday night’s UFC 207 main event against reigning Bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. The overhand right found its home at #UFC207 pic.twitter.com/VydO9AqVwz — UFC (@ufc) December 31, 2016 Win or lose, talk of Ronda Rousey’s retirement was never too far away. And she herself had hinted at that. In November, a report from Maxim quoted Rousey’s interview with Ellen DeGeneres, where the 29-year-old mixed martial artist said that her fight against Nunes would “definitely (be) one of my last fights.” There has also been talk of Ronda potentially focusing more on her acting career, as well as joining the WWE, even as a part-time performer. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon told USA TODAY earlier this month that WWE would welcome Rousey “with open arms” due to her “cross-platform appeal” as an entertainer. But is it really time for Ronda Rousey to retire and give Hollywood and/or pro wrestling a chance? She isn’t saying yet, as she didn’t show up for the post-fight press conference, according to FOX Sports. But Amanda Nunes, who beat Rousey in just 48 seconds at UFC 207, believes it’s high time that “Rowdy” hangs it up and focuses on other endeavors. “I talked to her like you did a lot for this sport, thank you so much, but now you can take time, rest and then maybe do something else. You don’t need to keep doing that. For what? She’s a millionaire already, why does she want to keep doing that? Keep hurting herself?” Amanda Nunes knocked Ronda Rousey out at 0:48 of the first round at UFC 207. [Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images] An op-ed from USA TODAY’s Josh Peter shared similar sentiments, suggesting that Ronda Rousey should retire, now that she’s lost two straight fights by knockout. He offered three options – for Ronda to relax and “contemplate her next move,” consider transitioning to roles in TV shows and movies, and for her to mentor younger mixed martial arts fighters for potential careers in the sport. But in the end, Peter succinctly suggested that there’s one thing Rousey shouldn’t be doing anymore in the light of her UFC 207 loss to Nunes. “Here’s what she’s not equipped to do: Fight again. Ever.” According to the Daily Telegraph, UFC President Dana White was ambivalent on the issue, saying that he expects Rousey to fight again should she be able to beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. As for what she may do should she lose the fight, White simply said at the time that he “doesn’t know.” But he did accurately predict that Nunes would use her punching power to pick up the win as well as take advantage of Rousey’s “ring rust,” considering “Rowdy” hadn’t fought in the Octagon in 13 months. At this point, no one knows for sure if Ronda Rousey is retiring from mixed martial arts. But given her recent quotes and those of others, it won’t be surprising if she does choose to ride off into the sunset in the aftermath of her UFC 207 loss. [Featured Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images]

Did Justin Bieber Just Mock Ronda Rousey Following Her UFC 207 Defeat?

Justin Bieber might have dissed Ronda Rousey after she lost her comeback fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. As previously reported by Complex, Bieber, who feuded with Rousey in the past, took to Twitter to mock the defeated UFC fighter, tweeting, “You just got knocked the f**k out.” Rousey, who used to dominate women’s MMA before losing via a devastating knock out to Holly Holm, just suffered the second loss of her career, getting knocked out by Nunes 48 seconds into the first round. Amanda Nunes lands a punch on Ronda Rousey at UFC 207. [Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images] Not long after the fight ended, Bieber published on Twitter the controversial tweet, raising speculation that it was directed at Rousey. It’s not in the least surprising, given the fact that Bieber and Rousey had a war of words back in October 2015 when the MMA fighter called out the singer for being rude to her little sister. Rousey said her sister approached Justin at the Cannes Film Festival to ask him for a photo, but he shut her down, as reported by TMZ. Bieber responded to Rousey by apologizing, saying that he didn’t remember the incident in question. “I guess, supposedly, she asked for a picture with her sister or something, and I guess I said no?” Bieber said. “But I don’t remember this happening so, Ronda, I’m sorry. Don’t kick my a**!” Just when everyone thought that the matter was over and done with, Bieber took a subtle jab at Ronda, emphasizing how badly she was knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 last year. “I would like to get better at boxing… did you see Ronda Rousey? She got knocked out cold! Oh my God, she got knocked out so bad. Yeah no, she got pummeled,” Bieber mocked. Ronda Rousey didn’t respond to Bieber’s insults. But then again, she didn’t respond to any other diss thrown her way either. It remains to be seen whether Rousey would respond to Bieber’s most recent diss. While the infamous singer hasn’t mentioned her name in the tweet, everyone seems sure that it was Ronda he was talking about. Justin Bieber, who is a staunch fight fan, has a long history of taking to social media to diss professional fighters after losing a fight. He once slammed Nate Diaz after he lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 196, writing on Instagram that while he is a “true champion” and has a “crazy heart,” he also said that his “style is terrible.” After a few days, Nate Diaz responded to Justin Bieber’s insult by taking to Instagram as well. “Bieber’s a hater,” Diaz captioned the photo. Justin Bieber and Nate Diaz eventually ended their beef in a way that is most appropriate considering the circumstances. After bumping into each other at a Bieber after-party in a Hollywood night club, the two posed for a selfie together, leaving no doubts that the two have put an end to their feud. Diaz shared the Instagram photo himself, writing the caption, “All good doe.” All good doe ???? A photo posted by natediaz209 (@natediaz209) on Mar 24, 2016 at 1:42am PDT As for Ronda Rousey, many suspect that her devastating knock-out loss to Nunes may have finally ended her career. For one, working so hard to get back in shape for over a year only to lose in such convincing fashion may have broken her spirit as a fighter. In her interview with Ellen DeGeneres last February, Rousey admitted that she considered the thought of committing suicide after suffering her first loss to Holly Holm. [Featured Images by Theo Wargo & Harry How/Getty Images]

UFC 207: Amanda Nunes Blames Edmond Tarverdyan For Ronda Rousey's Defeat

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes successfully defended her belt against Ronda Rousey, defeating the former champion in just 48 seconds at UFC 207. Rousey’s media blackout garnered a mixed reaction from the MMA community, some perceived the move as doubt in her abilities while others believe that she wanted to focus on the fight ahead of her. During the UFC 207 press conference, Amanda Nunes attacked Ronda Rousey’s head coach Edmond Tarverdyan for convincing her she is a boxer, rather than sticking to her Judoka expertise that helped the former champion finish nine of her opponents with an armbar. After revealing that she thanked Ronda for what she has done for women’s MMA, Nunes explained why she “shushed” Rousey’s cornerman Edmond. When asked whether her gesture was directed at Edmond, Nunes confirmed this and went on to say the following. “She thinks she is a boxer, he put this thing in her head and [made] the girl believe in that. I don’t know why he did that, she has great judo” You can watch Amanda at 1:33:00 of the UFC 207 press conference video above talking about Ronda Rousey and her head coach. pic.twitter.com/1zflrVlJrl — Amanda????Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) December 31, 2016 Nunes went on to say that Ronda Rousey’s career went down after Edmond convinced her to use boxing rather than her judo. Rousey initially had some success with her boxing against Bethe Correia at UFC 190. However, Correia is not a boxer and Ronda suffered her first defeat in the octagon against boxing specialist Holly Holm in November 2015. Ronda Rousey is not the only UFC fighter to suffer a career decline under Edmond’s tutelage. UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger saw his career decline with four losses in five fights under Tarverdyan, before switching camp in late 2015. Rousey’s boyfriend Travis Browne also suffered a decline when he joined Glendale Fighting Club. Brown joined Edmond’s camp in mid 2014 and has won two of his last six fights since then. His two wins are over Ronda’s ex-boyfriend Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione—both of whom are no longer compete in the UFC. BOOM. 48 seconds. #UFC207 pic.twitter.com/rDLP8vnI1y — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 31, 2016 While other factors may contribute to their losses, Edmond’s coaching style has been criticized as well as his corner advice to Ronda during the Holly Holm fight. Ronda Rousey did not show up to the post-fight press conference and was not interviewed after her defeat in the octagon. Many fans worry about her mental state after she revealed her loss to Holly Holm led to suicidal thoughts. MMA Fighting published a statement from Ronda Rousey following her loss at UFC 207. “I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me. “Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda. “I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.” Amanda Nunes did not hold back on Ronda Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan after her dominant #UFC207 win. pic.twitter.com/m6FAPZBIOb — ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2016 UFC President Dana White has stated that he is not sure if Ronda will fight again. Many fans and MMA pundits suspect that the Women’s MMA pioneer and future Hall of Famer may retire after suffering two defeats. At the age of 29, Ronda Rousey had defended her Bantamweight title 7 times and holds multiple records in the UFC. Rousey is also an Olympian and is credited with popularizing Women’s MMA along with former rival Miesha Tate. Do you think Ronda Rousey will fight again? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. [Featured Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images]

UFC Rumors: Ronda Rousey Could Be Forced Into Retirement After Crushing Comeback Loss To Amanda Nunes

New UFC rumors claim that Ronda Rousey may be forced to retire after her crushing loss to Amanda Nunes in what was supposed to be Rousey’s triumphant return to the octagon after more than a year out of action. Rousey spent close to 14 months recovering from a brutal head kick knockout to Holly Holm last year, and Friday’s UFC 207 was supposed to be the start of the former champion’s comeback. But instead, Rousey ended up lasting only 48 seconds in a brutal beatdown to hard-striking Amanda Nunes, a loss that has raised serious questions about Rousey’s long-term health and prospects in the UFC. The Sporting News columnist Steven Muehlhausen noted that Rousey’s loss made it clear that the fast-paced UFC has left her behind, and that her fighting style may never be sustainable again. “The big knock on Rousey after the loss to Holm was not speaking after the fight. So instead of accepting defeat, Rousey once again refused to speak. This makes her look weak. She had no problem accepting the glory we all heaped upon her after each victory, but she continues to act like a sore loser when she doesn’t get the desired result. You have to accept the good with the bad. “But she didn’t evolve. Her stubborness did her in. MMA is an ever-growing sport. You have to grow. Rousey became predictable, and watching UFC 207 made it evident she has no reason to still be fighting.” There were many others reaching the same conclusion, noting that Ronda Rousey may have been too shaken by her back-to-back stunning losses to keep fighting, and that retirement may be the only option. “Fighters don’t dare enter the octagon without their confidence fully intact. Rousey’s confidence is shattered beyond repair based on what’s already known,” wrote Josh Peter of USA Today. Even Rousey’s opponent, Amanda Nunes, speculated that Rousey would have to retire after the bruising loss and her sudden inability to defend herself in the octagon. “Yeah, that’s it for her. For sure she’s going to retire,” Nunes told FOX Sports at the post-fight press conference. “She can’t take anymore. “If she wants the rematch, I’m going to do the same thing. Because she can’t take my punches.” [Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images] There had already been rumors floating around the UFC that Ronda Rousey may have been forced to retire after her loss to Holm. Rousey was hospitalized after the knockout, and her recovery took months in which it wasn’t clear if she would be healthy enough to fight again. Rousey herself said she hit rock bottom during that time, saying she even contemplated suicide as she thought about a future without the UFC. “Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’” Rousey said in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? No one gives a s— about me anymore without this.’” [Image by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images] Rousey ultimately returned to the ring, but it wasn’t with the gusto she had in previous matches. After feeling abandoned by the UFC following her loss to Holm, Rousey refused to do any press before her match against Nunes. While the rumors that Ronda Rousey may have to retire continue to spread, many experts believe she could have another place in the UFC. With her cross-over appeal and natural on-screen presence, many believe Rousey could fit in well as an analyst for the league, where she could still serve as one of it’s biggest stars in a different context. [Featured Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images]

Renan Barao: 'The goal is to fight at featherweight now and see what happens next'

Former bantamweight champion, Renan Barao will be making his return to the octagon, but it won’t be in the bantamweight division he once reigned over. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Barao said that he and his team had come to the conclusion that cutting to the division’s 135-pound weight requirement was “too much” for him. We came to the conclusion that I was cutting too much weight and wasn’t recovering 100 percent. After cutting weight, I felt it a lot. I always trained hard, did six rounds breathing normally, but after I cut weight I felt my muscles and body wear out, so I decided to move up to featherweight and cut less weight. I will have a better performance. I won’t cut too much weight and wear out as I did in all of my previous fights. It will be completely different. Instead, Renan Barao will be moving up to the 145-pound featherweight division, currently headed by the trash-talking Irishman, Conor McGregor, and soon to have either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar as the interim champion. Barao will be taking on Jeremy Stephens (24-12) at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs Garbrandt. Though Stephens has lost three of his last four fights, Barao is not underestimating his opponent. Jeremy Stephens will welcome Barao to the bantamweight division at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) He’s a tough opponent, a top 10 featherweight, but I’m a UFC fighter and I will be ready to fight and do my best against anyone they put in front of me. Let’s do a great fight. I hope it’s a great show for the fans, an exciting fight for everyone. Renan Barao is notable for holding one of the longest no-loss streaks in MMA history. For almost ten years, the Natal, Brazil native never lost a fight and racked up 31 wins in a row with only one no-contest sullying his record. He defended the UFC bantamweight title four times in a row. Barao’s streak came to an end, though, when he faced bantamweight, TJ Dillashaw. Though the favorite in the fight, Barao was dominated during much of their match at UFC 173 and eventually succumbed to Dillashaw’s head kicks and punches in the fifth round. Barao claimed he was not “100 percent” for his fight with Dillashaw and vowed to bring the title back to Brazil at their rematch at UFC 177. Unfortunately, Barao did not live up to his promise, falling to Dillashaw’s punches in the fourth round. TJ Dillashaw is no longer the UFC bantamweight champion. That title is now held by Dominick Cruz, the man who had the title before Barao. Cruz was supposed to face Renan back in February 2014 to unify the interim bantamweight and bantamweight titles, but he pulled out due to a groin injury. TJ Dillashaw (right) ended the near-ten-year no-loss streak of Renan Barao. Here, Dillashaw is fighting current bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Despite his desire to move up to the featherweight division, Renan Barao is not ruling out the possibility of facing “The Dominator” for the 135-pound gold, but he still says it is conditional. It can happen, maybe one more fight and I’m close to the bantamweight title already, but like I said, the weight cut was too much and I wasn’t performing like I always did. There’s no point in being close to the bantamweight title if I’m not at my best. The goal is to fight at featherweight now and see what happens next. For now, though, Renan Barao is focused on one fight and one fight only: his upcoming fight against Stephens. I think about this fight only. After this fight, we will decide what to do. At first, our goal is to fight in this division. UFC Fight Night will go down this Sunday from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada. [Image by Andre Penner/AP Images]