UFC 207 is a card that is truely stacked with incredible fights. From top to bottom, there are must-see fights, and it's going to be an amazing way to finish 2016. However, has there ever been a more disrespected and ignored champion in the UFC?
Amanda Nunes was not expected to beat Miesha Tate for the championship. The UFC's dream scenario was Tate vs Rousey III with Miesha as the champion. However, they fell into Nunes vs Rousey with Tate retired from the sport.
So, every single promo from the UFC is about how the unstoppable Ronda Rousey is returning to the sport to reclaim her championship. There is no mention of Rousey returning from a knockout loss or who her competition is, which happens to be a champion that can put cattle to sleep with her punches. The event poster itself is a headshot of the two women with Amanda's belt framed out of the post with the words "She's Back". Rather than selling a championship match, they are ignoring the champion and simply selling Rousey's return. It's unbelievable.
Beyond the main event, we have numerous incredible match, including Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt for the bantamweight championship. Cruz is a riddle that, if healthy, seems to be unsolvable. Since entering the UFC, Dominick is 5-0 with wins over Urijah Faber, T.J. Dillashaw, and 'Might Mouse'. However, because of numerous injuries, those 5 victories have happened over a span of 6 years. Cody 'No Love' is 10-0 as a professional, and 5-0 with 4 knockouts in the UFC. In 2016, he is 3-0 with 3 first-round knockouts! However, 'No Love' has never been in the championship rounds. If Cruz can avoid the early power of 'No Love' and push the fight into the 4th and 5th round, then this could get very interesting.
Cain Velasquez returns for a very compelling rematch with Fabricio Werdum. Adding to the drama of this one, Cain has stated publicly that he is in need of a surgery that could put him out for awhile. However, there is enough of a grudge here that he is going to fight injured, just so he can get his hands on Werdum. You would think Werdum would be coming in with supreme confidence, after submitting Cain for the championship, but after getting knocked out by Stipe Miocic following by a lack-luster performance against Travis Browne, a much larger elite boxer with a reach advantage can't be the most comfortable opponent.
T.J. Dillashaw made Renan Barao look lost ... twice. He then lost his title to Dominick Cruz in a razor-close split decision that a lot of the live audience disagreed with. As a reward for those three back-to-back-to-back amazing performances, the UFC awarded him by denying him a rematch with Cruz and instead giving him the world-beater that is John Lineker. As unfair as it seems for T.J., it is equally as amazing of a treat for the fans. Lineker is a winner of 6 straight, and that streak includes wins of John Dodson, Michael McDonald, Rob Font, Francisco Rivera, and Ian McCall.
The card is also stacked with can't-miss prelims, which includes Johnny Hendricks, Dong Hyun Kim, Nell Magney, Mike Pyle, Tim Means, Alex Oliveira, and Brandon Thatch.