Only one UFC fighter has ever successfully defended the Women’s Bantamweight title: Ronda Rousey. On Friday, she returns to the Octagon to reclaim her belt, and she’s the –150 favorite at press time to beat the current champion, Amanda Nunes (+120). They’ll be fighting in the main event of UFC 207 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Rousey became famous as the UFC’s first female champion, defending her title six times in dominant fashion before falling to Holly Holm (+450) just over a year ago at UFC 193. Holm then dropped the belt to Miesha Tate (+215), who was overwhelmed by Nunes (+163) in a brief and lopsided battle. The Brazilian native is 13-4 lifetime in MMA and 6-1 in the Octagon; Nunes is the superior striker in this matchup, and her takedown defense is strong, which could cause problems for Rousey on Friday.
There’s also the question of Rousey’s focus. She’s one of the most talented fighters in MMA history, male or female, but this will be her first fight since losing the title to Holm. Rousey has been busy making movies and doing commercials, and she may retire from the Octagon after Friday’s bout, regardless of the result.