UFC 207: What time does it start, TV channel, full fight card and where can I watch it

UFC 207: When is it, what time does it start, what TV channel is it on, where can I watch it and full fight card

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Ronda Rousey makes her long-awaited return to the UFC this week to take on reigning women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in her quest to get back the title she lost over a year ago in her only defeat in her career.

Rousey was brutally knocked out at UFC 193 in November 2015 by Holly Holm, having previously won all 12 of her MMA bouts by stoppage, and lost her undefeated streak in the process.

The devastating stand-up display from Holm exposed weaknesses in Rousey’s defence that had not been witnessed before, and ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ was able to utilise this to deliver a stunning knockout, with Rousey wearing a number of punches and kicks that ended with a roundhouse kick to the neck.

Rousey has taken time out of the sport since the lost, starring in Hollywood films and working on her technique, while the bantamweight championship has failed to find a new home. Since Rousey lost the belt, Holm failed to defend it when she was choked unconscious by Miesha Tate at UFC 196, at Tate in turn tapped out to current champion Nunes at UFC 200.

Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 207, including the rest of the fight card, start times and full television information.

When is UFC 207?

UFC 207 takes place on Friday 30 December at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

When is UFC 207?

UFC 207 begins at 00:30 GMT [16:30 PT] with the early prelims, with the prelims getting underway from 01:00 GMT [17:00 PT] and the main card starting at 03:00 GMT [19:00 PT].

Where can I watch it?

Both the prelims and the main card for UFC 207 will be shown live on BT Sport 3 from 01:00 Saturday morning. The early prelims and prelims can also be watched on UFC Fight Pass around the country.

Why isn’t Cain Velasquez fighting Fabricio Verdum?
The rematch was supposed to go ahead at UFC 207, until former heavyweight champion Velasquez was pulled out of the fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission [NSAC] without his knowledge. The decision was taken due to Velasquez being deemed in a condition that was unfit to fight, with his own admission that he plans to undergo surgery on a sciatic nerve injury five days after UFC 207 raising alarm bells.

The pain was bad enough that Velasquez was seen using CBD oil to help ahead of the fight, and the UFC released a short statement to confirm the news: “Saturday afternoon, UFC was informed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Cain Velasquez is unfit to fight. As a result, the former two-time heavyweight champion has been removed from his Dec. 30 bout against Fabricio Werdum at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.”

UFC 207 fight card

Main card:
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey (women’s bantamweight championship)
Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt (bantamweight championship)

TJ Dillashaw vs John Lineker (bantamweight)
Dong Hyun Kim vs Tarec Saffiedine (welterweight)
Louis Smolka vs Ray Borg (flyweight)

Prelims:
Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny (welterweight)

Antonio Carlos Junior vs Marvin Vettori (middleweight)

Mike Pyle vs Alex Garcia (welterweight)

Brandon Thatch vs Niko Price (welterweight)

Early prelims:
Alex Oliveira vs Tim Means (welterweight)

Odds…
Amanda Nunes to win: 6/5

Ronda Rousey to win: 4/6

Dominick Cruz to win: 4/9

Cody Garbrandt to win: 7/4

John Lineker to win: 2/1

TJ Dillashaw to win: 2/5

UFC 207 free fight video: Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 188

UFC 207 – A look back at Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum’s first fight will have to do for now, as Cain has officially been ruled out of his much-anticipated rematch against “Vai Cavalo,” which was supposed to go down at UFC 207 on Dec. 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The duo initially went toe-to-toe at UFC 188 back in June of 2015, in a 265-pound title-unification match. After back-an-forth action for the first two rounds, “Vai Cavalo” ultimately submitted Cain in the third round via guillotine. Cain was looking for some much-desired revenge in “Sin City,” looking to get one back on the man who dethroned him, and in the process set himself up for another shot at the belt.

Pre-planned surgery, however, may have derailed all of those plans, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) denied the former champion a license to fight.
UFC 207
UFC 207 will be headlined by a much-anticipated women’s Bantamweight title fight as Ronda Rousey makes her long-awaited return to take on current division champion Amanda Nunes. Also, in the co-main event Dominick Cruz looks to defend his title against his newest arch-enemy, Cody Garbrandt.

To see the who else is fighting at the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event click here.

UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey Start Time, Fight card, Live stream

UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that will be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 30, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

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UFC 207

The event is expected to be headlined by a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Amanda Nunes and former champion Ronda Rousey.

Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date: December 30, 2016
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
City: Paradise, Nevada
Live stream: Order UFC 207 PPV & Fight Pass

Nunes vs Rousey

UFC 207, the last event of the 2016, goes down on Friday, December 30th in Las Vegas with two title fights on top. The biggest story surrounding the card is the return of Ronda Rousey, who held the women’s bantamweight title for two and a half years before being knocked out by Holly Holm. Her first bout since that November 2015 loss will be against current champion Amanda Nunes in the headliner of this card.

The other bantamweight title will also be up for grabs as Dominick Cruz takes on Team Alpha Male’s Cody Garbrandt. Other fights on the main card include a heavyweight rematch between former champions Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, along with a bantamweight fight between T.J Dillashaw and hard-hitting John Lineker.

Here’s a look at the current UFC 207 Fight card:

Main Card (on Pay-Per-View – 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT)
Amanda Nunes (c)(13-4) vs. Ronda Rousey (12-1)*
Dominick Cruz (c)(22-1) vs. Cody Garbrandt (10-0)**
Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (14-2)
TJ Dillashaw (13-3) vs. John Lineker (29-7)
Louis Smolka (11-2) vs. Ray Borg (9-2)

Prelims (on FS1 – 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)
Johny Hendricks (17-5) vs. Neil Magny (18-5)
Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1, 1NC) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (16-5)
Antonio Carlos Junior (6-2) vs. Marvin Vettori (11-2)
Mike Pyle (27-12-1) vs. Alex Garcia (13-3)

Early Prelims (on Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)
Alex Oliveira (16-3-1) vs. Tim Means (26-7-1)
Brandon Thatch (11-4) vs. Niko Price (8-0)

 

UFC 207: Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes Preview, Odds and Prediction

The UFC gets a superstar back in December, as news broke this week that former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will finally return to the Octagon after over a year away from the sport she previously dominated.

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UFC 207

Rousey will get an immediate crack at her former title belt, which current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes possesses after defeating Miesha Tate. Tate had claimed the title from Holly Holms, who rocked Rousey en route to handing the dominant fighter her first ever loss in the UFC.

UFC showrunner Dana White has dodged Ronda Rousey talk for the better part of the past year, as Rousey herself has skipped media while recuperating from various injuries. Ronda Rousey rumors rose back up during the summer, but were soon shot down after White disclosed that a knee surgery would prevent Rousey from making a return.

At that time, it was speculated that the UFC community might not see Rousey again until 2017 at the earliest, but the surprise revelation that she’d be fighting again in just under three full months took the MMA world by storm.

Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes Odds

Even with the long time off and her last bout being a one-sided loss, Rousey still enters as the odds on favorite to win the match, per Bovada (visit Bovada here to get $250 toward your bets):

Ronda Rousey to Win (-140)
Amanda Nunes to Win (+110)

***Odds updated 12/23/16

This makes for some tough UFC betting come UFC 207, as backing Rousey doesn’t bring a payoff and going against the grain with a Nunes upset doesn’t score you a big win, either.

Let’s break down both sides as we come away with a Rousey vs. Nunes prediction.

Why Nunes Can Beat Rousey

There are countless reasons to buy into a Ronda Rousey triumph here. The reality is, this is a perfect matchup, as both of these fighters are elite grapplers, can take fights to the floor and win them there and also are Judo experts.

Nunes is a powerful striker, in addition, which could make her the ideal anti-Rousey, in that she can do everything Rousey can do. Her striking and power might be better, though, so that might be where she focuses her time and energy, while also being sure to stay on her feet when it comes to matching wits with ground work.

Nunes is no punk. She is a very strong 13-4 in the UFC and she’s the current champ for a reason. She is a vicious striker, as evidenced by her 9 KOs and she can win in a variety of ways.

The key for her will be to not let the stage become too big, as this is really all about Rousey’s return. That can absolutely work against her, but she can also spin that narrative and use her anger that the moment isn’t about her to make it about her.

Why Ronda Rousey Wins

Let’s face it, the woman has lost one UFC match in her entire career. The other 12 times? She won. And she won most of them quickly, and/or in dominant fashion. In fact, five of those wins were successful title defenses, as Rousey not only showed up big under immense pressure, but she made it look easy and did so in a variety of ways.

Rousey’s staple armbar was so obvious, yet opponents fell right into it due to her elite ability to react and adapt on the fly. That’s what made her (seem) so unbeatable, is even when she did find herself backed into a corner or in what appeared to be an unenviable position, something clicked for her and she knew the exact correct counter to get herself out of said jam.

Rousey lost to Holly Holm for two easy reasons:

She chose to stand up and fight a former champion kickboxer
She got hit early and really never recovered

The first part was a mistake because she not only went away from what makes her so great, but she also played right into Holm’s hands. Upon doing that, Rousey got exposed too much and it sent her into a very uncharacteristic panic.

Assuming Rousey has learned from her mistakes and rounded out her skill-set even more over the past year, she should be much more prepared for Nunes, who isn’t nearly as technically sound as Holm.

Two other things that worked against Rousey even before she stepped into the Octagon with Holm:

She felt she had to finish the fight fast
She had been working herself too hard

Rousey was really bad at “saying no” to title defenses and other opportunities and she simply got burned out. You could see it in her last couple of fights and it was really evident in her only loss. That panic that ultimately set in was coupled with frustration, too.

Rousey now knows not to overwork herself and after a year off, we’ll get a refreshed and revitalized Rousey. She also knows that pace is key. She is human. She isn’t going to win every fight in a minute or less or maybe even in the first round or two. If she has truly accepted these facts, she’ll be a better fighter for it.
Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes Prediction

Nunes is a nasty, physical fighter that is absolutely a threat, but Rousey didn’t just take all this time off to rehab physically. She got her mind right and she made sure she would be ready for the more technically skilled fighters she has to face.

More importantly, this Ronda Rousey comeback isn’t about Nunes. Nunes is a good fighter that has had her moment and will have moments again in the future, but this is Ronda’s show and it ends with a rematch with Holly Holm – not with a loss in her return to the Octagon.

We still wouldn’t lay down loads of cash here, as Rousey is a massive favorite and there just isn’t a big enough payday to warrant the risk. A mild bet should be fun, however, as we all sit back and enjoy the return of a living legend.

From there, hopefully we get some better betting situations in future Rousey matches.

Regardless, if you’re looking to place a bet on this match because you’re confident who will win or want a little extra excitement, we strongly suggest Bovada or SportsBetting.ag. Both sportsbooks are among the best for US bettors and provide a safe and reputable experience, so you can be assured your funds are safe and winnings are paid out in a timely manner.