No belt has changed hands more frequently in the last 13 months than the women’s bantamweight title and after a turbulent stretch, the first of four women to hold the belt has a chance to close out 2016 as the champion once again.
Nunes claimed the title with a blistering performance against Miesha Tate at UFC 200, showcasing her fight-altering power right out of the gate before submitting Tate three minutes and change into the first round. Riding a four-fight winning streak and in the best form of her career, Nunes can position herself for a big 2017 by becoming the first woman to successfully defend the women’s bantamweight title this year.
While you know what to expect from the champion, the challenger enters surrounded by question marks and that’s what makes this fight so intriguing. This is Rousey’s first appearance since losing the title and more than a year spent largely out of the spotlight, leaving everyone to wonder what to expect from the former champion when she returns to action.
Will Nunes begin a lengthy reign by dispatching the returning challenger or will Rousey reclaim the position she held for a number of years?