UFC 207 Recap + What’s Next?
UFC 207 MAIN EVENT RECAP AND WHAT’S NEXT
UFC 207 was a crazy card. It was one of the more entertaining ones that I, personally, have seen this year. This main card, comprised of five fights capped off with Rousey vs. Nunes, had a lot of drama. In this article, I will recap the main card and predict what comes next.
BOUT ONE : LOUIS SMOLKA VS. RAY BORG
In rounds one and two, Borg was able to use his grappling to easily control the fight. In between round two and three, Borg tol his corner that he thinks he may have broken his ankle. He admitted after the fight that he couldn’t put pressure on it during the fight and had to change his game plan. Nonetheless, he dominated the grappling in the third round. Ray Borg defeats Louis Smolka via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).
I was extremely impressed with Borg’s performance in this fight. He came into this fight unknown to myself and many others but made his name known. He dominated a respectable fighter in Louis Smolka and showed real ability on his feet and on the ground. I look for Borg to fight perhaps get a fight with someone like Brandon Moreno or Tim Elliott. I think Smolka will take a step back in competition and might look to someone like Ben Nguyen.
BOUT TWO : DONG HYUN KIM VS. TAREC SAFFIEDINE
This first two rounds of this fight was comprised of Kim pressuring forward and Saffiedine countering. The third round started off promising with a flurry of strikes from both fighters right out of the gate. Unfortunately, it reverted back to the way it was in the first two rounds. Kim was able to complete a few trips but failed to keep Saffiedine down in any of them. Dong Hyun Kim defeats Tarec Saffiedine via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
This fight was not very entertaining. For casual fans, this easily could have made them bored. Kim pressed forward the whole time, Saffiedine backed away and countered, and there was no ground work. With that said, Tarec did appear to land more meaningful strikes. This was a close call for the judges and could have gone either way. I look for Kim to fight someone like Rick Story or Gunnar Nelson, while Saffiedine could fight someone like Jake Ellenberger.
BOUT THREE : TJ DILLASHAW VS. JOHN LINEKER
In round one, Dillashaw came out with a game plan to use his reach advantage over Lineker and it worked. He landed many kicks and used it to set up a takedown. In round two, Dillashaw was able to take Lineker down again and was able to ground and pound, though Lineker seemed unfazed. Round three was very similar to round two. TJ Dillashaw defeats John Lineker via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
TJ just dominated this fight. He was quicker, he was more efficient, and he was smarter. I was really impressed with the way he fought, it seemed like there was no question whether he was winning or not and it showed in the judges’ scorecards. TJ will get a title shot no doubt. I think Lineker will face the loser of Cruz vs. Garbrandt.
BOUT FOUR : DOMINICK CRUZ VS. CODY GARBRANDT
Cody Garbandt taunted Cruz from the very beginning of this fight. Garbandt did a lot of countering but didn’t put much pressure on Cruz. In round two, Garbandt continued taunting and countering while avoiding Cruz’s kicks. Round three saw Garbandt cut Cruz open with a shot above the eye and knocked Cruz down, though he quickly got back up. In round four, Garbandt knocked Cruz to the ground two more times. Cruz showed a little improvement in round five by throwing a lot of kicks, pressuring, and defending well. I think Garbandt was clearly the winner. Cody Garbandt defeats Dominick Cruz via Unanimous Decision (48-46, 48-47, 48-46)
I believe Cruz will bounce back and fight someone like John Lineker or Jimmie Rivera. I would bet money that Garbandt will fight TJ Dillashaw for the title.
BOUT FIVE (MAIN EVENT) : AMANDA NUNES VS. RONDA ROUSEY
Rousey looked intimidating at the beginning of this fight but her confidence was quickly diminshed. Nunes just pressed, throwing hard combinations that Rousey just couldn’t defend. It looked like Rousey had never fought before. Herb Dean stopped it after 48 seconds. Amanda Nunes defeats Ronda Rousey via TKO (punches), Round One, 0:48
This fight was hard to watch, Nunes just hammered Rousey without even having to defend herself. I believe Nunes will continue to reign as champion against whoever she faces. What’s next for Rousey? I think three things could happen. She could retire, should could fight a far lower ranking opponent at Bantamweight, or she could move up to Featherweight and fight for the title.