Realistically, nothing is going to be able to top UFC 205 in terms of being the biggest card this year, it’s simply not going to happen. But that doesn’t mean that UFC 207 won’t be giving it a run for its money.
Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes
Rousey will be making her first appearance in the octagon since her devastating loss to Holly Holm in November 2015, whereas Amanda Nunes just put on a striking clinic against Miesha Tate at UFC 200 before choking her out in the very first round.
Although an underdog with the bookmakers, Nunes will go into this bout extremely confident of providing the upset, whilst Rousey will look to again become the Queen of a division that she once dominated en route to becoming one of the biggest stars in world Sport.
Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt
Talks are reportedly close to being finalised for ‘No Love’ to face off against Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz. Garbrandt has been chasing this fight for around six months, and in the meantime has recorded a stunning KO win against then undefeated star Thomas Almeida, and an impressive stoppage of UFC veteran Takeya Mizugaki.
Cruz won the belt from TJ Dillashaw back in January, and then defended it to complete his trilogy with Urijah Faber – Next he’ll face a fresh foe in what should be an exciting and intriguing contest with Cody Garbrandt.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez
Since then Werdum lost the belt to Stipe Miocic and recorded a win against Travis Browne, whilst Velasquez has also defeated Browne in his last contest at UFC 200.
Velasquez will want to get revenge, and Werdum will want to prove he’s still a major player in the Heavyweight Division, and add to that the fact that the winner will likely get the next shot at current Champ Miocic. Exciting stuff – expect fireworks.
Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
As a former Welterweight Champion, Johny Hendricks was once of the biggest stars in the UFC, recently though he has lost three of his previous four fights and has slipped to a lowly 7th in the rankings.
In contrast, Neil Magny has won ten of his previous twelve fights and now sits at 9th in the rankings, amassing four performance bonuses along the way. This is what is referred to as a ‘crossroads’ fight in the business and the winner will be able to start a climb towards a title shot.
How much does Hendricks have left? Is Magny ready for the top level? We’ll find out on December 30th.
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Matt Brown
Saffiedine is yet to show his true talent in the UFC since moving across from Strikeforce, but he has always been entertaining.
Matt Brown is a real fan favourite within the organisation and has won eight of his last twelve contests (with 3 losses coming against Hendricks, Lawler and Maia). Both fighters come with a ‘never quit’ fighting style and these two could really light up the night.
Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
Alex Oliveira has been on a dominant streak recently and has won five of his first seven fights since entering the UFC. Oliveira will be facing off against a rangy fighter with a style similar to his own when he faces off against Tim Means at UFC 207.
Means has won six of his last seven fights since starting his UFC career with a below par 2-3 record. Both fighters will look to stand of each other and fire in punches and kicks from a distance and this should make for an exciting fight without too much canvas action.
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori
Antonio Carlos Junior is a former ‘Ultimate Fighter Brazil’winner and after a shaky start to his UFC career, got himself back on track with a win at UFC Fight Night 94 back in September against Leonardo Augustus Guimaraes. Marvin Vettori is a new signing for the UFC after transferring across from Italy’s Venator promotion earlier this year.
Vettori was on a 5 fight win streak before he made the change. Both fighters have excellent grappling games, so expect this one to hit the mat early – between them they have 14 recorded submission wins.