UFC 207 Recap: Nunes and Garbrandt shine
UFC 207 what a fun night of fights.. Ronda Rousey the most dominant female fighter ever and was making her come back after suffering a brutal loss. There was a lot of answer that needed to be answered around the return of Ronda Rousey, how would she look? Would she come back as that dominant fighter? How is her mental state? Is Amanda Nunes just keeping her belt warm? Ronda looked to be in the best shape of her life ever, but not doing any media showed that her mental state wasn’t 100%. And it only took Amanda Nunes 48 seconds to answer all those questions, absolutely dominated Rousey, she had Rousey hurt from the 3rd punch thrown until it was over. Not much to say about the actual fight besides Nunes looked great finishing Ronda via TKO 48 seconds in the first round. Now we wait to see what Ronda does next but in my honest opinion I think she retires, she has nothing to prove. As far as Amanda Nunes goes she just waits for the next challenger to arise from the Valentino Shevchenko vs Julianna Pena fight on Fox on Janurary 28th.
Now onto the Co main event… UFC has a new star on its hands and that’s Cody Garbrandt. Wow is all I have to say about that fight. Dominick Cruz has dominated the 135lb division for years being undefeated there and was on a 13-fight win streak and Cody Garbrandt dominated him. Cody Garbrandt looked sensational. This was Cody’s biggest fight of his career and he looked like hes been fighting in big fights his whole career, very composed. Dominick Cruz is known for his counter striking, head and foot movement, and making people miss but it seemed like roles were reversed in this fight Cody was counter striking, bobbing and weaving, and even taunting Cruz multiple times throughout the fight, while Cruz was chasing Cody and throwing at air. Cody Garbrandt out wrestled Cruz and dropped him multiple times but just couldn’t capitalize on it to finish the fight and ended up winning a very well deserved Unanimous Decision. Dominick was such a dominant champ and deserves a rematch but he got dominated so I believe you makes Codys first title defense against a former teammate and another guy who put on show at UFC 207 TJ Dillashaw, and when Cruz is ready allow him to fight the winner of that fight.
Now onto the next bantamweight challenger former champion TJ Dillashaw. TJ looked phenomenal in his fight over top contender John Linekar. TJ was very light on his feet, mixed up his striking very well with punches and kicks high and low, he used a lot of fakes which allowed him to get multiple take downs and when he did get the take downs he made Linekar pay. This might have been the best overall package I have seen from TJ and the UFC can’t deny him the next title shot after a dominant 30-26 unanimous decision. As far as Linekar goes he has an iron chin and took a beating but he was just outclassed here and needs to go back to the drawing board. He should get the loser of Bryan Caraway vs Jimmie Rivera which happens at at UFC Fight Night on January the 15th.
Also on the card Ray Borg showed his true potential in dominating a very game Louis Smolka, if he can get his weight cutting problem under control he could be a contender in the at Fly weight division that needs new blood. Dong Hyun Kim won a split decision in a very weird decision as one judge scored it 30-27 Saffiendine and the other 2 scored it 29-28 Kim.
We might of also seen the last of Johny Hendricks as hes had probably the most trouble out of any fighter making weight but not only that just has not looked good since he lost his title now losing 3 in a row and most recent at UFC 207 a unanimous decision to Neil Magny.
List of the Results:
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey via first round TKO (:48) (POTN)
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via Unanimous decision (FOTN)
Tj Dillash def John Linekar via Unanimous decision
Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision
Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via Unanimous decision
Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via Unanimous decision
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision
Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle via first-round KO (3:34) (POTN)
Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch via sub (arm-triangle choke) (R1, 4:30)
Alex Oliveira vs Tim Means ruled a no contest due to an illegal knee.