I believe something broke inside of her in the last fight, and that she lacks the hunger to turn back a motivated and determined champion like Amanda Nunes.
Were this the Rousey of 2015, I’d pick her to win by first-round submission.
However, times have changed. Nunes has improved considerably since then, and Rousey’s aura of invincibility has been ruined–in her own mind and in the thoughts of others.
Rousey will come out like a house on fire, but when Nunes thwarts her initial attempts to secure an early win via submission, the former champion will realize once and for all that she’s had it in this sport.
If I’m wrong, Rousey wins and resumes her place among the most dominant champions in the sport.
But I have a strong hunch Nunes will successfully defend her title via TKO.
Here’s a look at the viewing information, odds and predictions for every fight on the card.
When: Friday, December 30 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
TV and Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass Prelim, Fox Sports 1 Prelim and Main Card PPV
|Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means||Welterweight||-Both 115||Means by Submission|
|Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price||Welterweight||-210 Thatch||Thatch by TKO|
|Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia||Welterweight||-165 Garcia||Pyle by submission|
|Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori||Middleweight||-130 Carlos Junior||Carlos Junior by decision|
|Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny||Welterweight||-125 Magny||Magny by decision|
|Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg||Flyweight||-130 Borg||Smolka by decision|
|Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine||Welterweight||-140 Kim||Saffiedine by decision|
|TJ Dillashaw vs. John Lineker||Men’s Bantamweight||-240 Dillashaw||Dillashaw by decision|
|(c) Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt||Men’s Bantamweight||-210 Cruz||Cruz by decision|
|(c) Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey||Women’s Bantamweight||-140 Rousey||Nunes by TKO|