The final UFC event of 2016 takes place on Friday night as UFC 207 goes live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main event features Amanda Nunes (13-4) defending the women’s bantamweight title against former 135-pound titleholder, Ronda Rousey (12-1). The co-main event features another title fight as Dominick Cruz defends the bantamweight belt against rising contender, Cody Garbrandt.
Rousey, 29, hasn’t fought in 13 months after suffering the first loss of her career in a brutal knockout at the hands of Holly Holm. After deciding that she’d given too much time to media and fans, the superstar did minimal media in the lead-up to UFC 207. She hasn’t appeared during fight week except for Friday at the ceremonial weigh-ins.
Nunes, 28, made history when she submitted Miesha Tate to capture the gold at UFC 200 in July, becoming the first openly gay fighter to win a UFC title. The American Top Team fighter has won four consecutive fights with three of those wins by stoppage.
The lead-up to Cruz and Garbrandt has been very intense. On the night of UFC on Fox 22, interviews were conducted with both fighters at separate sections of the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Expletives were tossed back and forth and the hatred between the co-main event fighters appeared very real. In an interview on The Fight Network, Cruz insulted Garbrandt and his girlfriend, which prompted Garbrandt to unsuccessfully try and get into Cruz’s room. This past Friday morning at the official weigh-ins, Cruz and Garbrandt had to be separated by security. It didn’t stop there, as Garbrandt proceeded to have an altercation with Cruz’s teammate, Jeremy Stephens.
High drama heading into Friday’s action. Here’s all you need to know about UFC 207: Rousey vs. Nunes. (NOTE: all times ET)
What time is Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes, UFC 207?
Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10pm. Rousey and Nunes should enter the Octagon around 12:30am. Preliminary fights begin at 7:30pm.
What TV channel will carry Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes, UFC 207?
Preliminary fights can be viewed on FS1 at 8pm. The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99.
Where can I watch Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes, UFC 207 online?
The first preliminary fight is available for UFC.com’s Fight Pass members beginning at 7:30pm. You can watch the next four preliminary fights on the Fox Sports Go app. Then, you can order the main card on UFC.TV for $59.99.
Who else is fighting on Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes, UFC 207?
– Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey for Nunes’ Women’s Bantamweight Title
– Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt for Cruz’s Bantamwieght Title
– T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker; Bantamweight
– Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine; Welterweight
– Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg; Catchweight (129.5 lbs)
– Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny; Catchweight (173.5 lbs)
– Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia; Welterweight
– AntÃ´nio Carlos JÃºnior vs. Marvin Vettori; Middleweight
– Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price; Welterweight
– Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means; Welterweight
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