The lead up to UFC 207 has surprised Amanda Nunes more than it has surprised us.
Ronda Rousey, once the UFC’s media darling, has been reclusive and scarce to the public. The former champion has refused to participate in the traditional media events, leaving the UFC to promote Friday’s main event without her. But while that has been surprising, Rousey’s opponent doesn’t think it’s going to affect UFC 207’s PPV buy rate because the fans want to see Ronda back.
Speaking to media in Las Vegas, the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion said:
“I think people respect that she comes back. I think it’s still gonna be a huge pay-per-view sell because this is the question: you guys don’t want to see [this]? You guys want to see, right? Even she’s not here to talk to you guys but you guys still want to see her. And me too.”
Nunes also says Rousey’s media blackout is good for her because it gives her the opportunity to focus more on the fight itself:
“It’s good for me. I don’t like to do a lot of interviews. I like to train and then step in the cage and do my job. This is the thing that I like to do. I’m okay. It’s good for me Ronda Rousey’s not doing anything. I can rest and focus on my training and losing weight and that’s it. “
As for the reason behind all this drama, the Lioness has no clue. But if Ronda is trying to play games, then she’s playing with the wrong girl:
“I don’t know what is wrong with this girl, I’m gonna be honest with you. But if she wants to play this game, she’s playing with the wrong person. I’m very focused and I know how I’m gonna stop her…”
Nunes captured the UFC women’s bantamweight title with an explosive victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 200. Tate won the title from Holly Holm, the woman who shocked the world with her knockout of Rousey at UFC 193. Rousey has never seemed to have gotten over that loss, emotionally. And that is perhaps one of the reasons for her scarcity to the public.
On the other hand, Rousey could simply be like Nunes-busy on her preparations and air tight on keeping her focus on the fight at hand not the circumstances surrounding it. With countless questions hanging over her, Ronda needs all the space she can to get herself mentally ready for what is one of the most anticipated comebacks in UFC history. Because more than dealing with a beast like Nunes inside the octagon, fighting the demons inside her head may be more crucial.
The Amanda Nunes-Ronda Rousey title bout is the main event of UFC 207 which happens this Friday at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Will Ronda Rousey make a rousing comeback? Or will Amanda Nunes make another loud statement inside the octagon? Click here to check out MMAChatter’s preview and predictions of the Nunes-Rousey bout.