Five fights set for this week, which you don’t want to miss

2016 may be coming to an end, but there are some great fights closing out the year which you don’t want to miss. We take a look at the five biggest women’s fights set for this week.


Will Rousey return the same? Or is Nunes the future of the division?

1. Amanda Nunes (#1) VS Ronda Rousey (#4) – UFC 207
Date:
December 30th 2016
The fight everyone has been waiting to see for over a year, the return of Ronda Rousey. She finally makes her return December 30th to take on Amanda Nunes for the UFC bantamweight championship. Rousey of course hasn’t been seen since November when she was dominated and then brutally knocked out by Holly Holm. The media, analysts and fans question where her mental state is leading into this fight. Is she truly ready to return, is her head in it? Or is she only returning because she feels she needs to, and the money involved? One thing is for sure, her opponent Amanda Nunes is VERY tough – especially in the first round. She possesses the kind of knockout power which you don’t usually see from the women – Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, Shayna Baszler, Germaine de Randamie, Julia Budd and many others were victims of this. Nunes has shown a tendency to “gas out” as the rounds go by, however she claims she has worked on this. Nevertheless, this is a fight everyone will have their eyes on, it could quite possibly break the 2016 UFC PPV record. Will Ronda be back on top, or has the division moved on?

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Is the Brazilian heavweight monster the baddest woman on the planet?

2. Gabi Garcia (#1) VS Yumiko Hotta – RIZIN 4
Date: December 31st 2016
The 6’2 foot, 245 pound Brazilian monster – Gabi Garcia is a woman who the whole MMA world is intrigued by. There has never been a female fighter quite like her. She made her pro debut last December defeating Lei’D Tapa in the very first round via TKO. She has since defeated Anna Maliukov with an Armlock and Destanie Yarbrough with a keylock. Fans were very excited to see who her opponent would be, and were left underwhelmed when it was announced it would be the 52 year old retired pro-wrestler Shinobu Kandori. Several heavyweight fighters blasted the decision including the beautiful 6’5ft kickboxing champion Katya Kavaleva who called the fight a “WWE event”, and former opponent Destanie Yarbrough who branded it a “joke” and “freak show”. Just last week it was announced Kandori had suffered an injury and would have to withdraw, there was hope! Untill the announcement came in that the replacement was a 49 year old retired pro-wrestler named Yumiko Hotta. It seems Rizin FF are intent on hosting the biggest mismatch in MMA history. Still, Garcia is a spectacle and everyone will be watching. The heavyweight division has been developing fast as of late, with several potential stars emerging. Last week we took a look at six women who would be a better fight for the Brazilian beast.

Nguyen is currently the King of the Cage 105lb atomweight champion.

3. Andy Nguyen VS Miyuu Yamamoto – RIZIN 4
Date: December 31st 2016
Everyone loves watching Andy, just take a look at her and you won’t wonder why. The 34 year old also known as “The CrAsian” is currently the King of the Cage 105lb atomweight champion of the world, after defeating Cassie Robb via TKO in the fourth round back in October. She recently blasted UFC star Ronda Rousey saying she has been gone “way too long” and claiming losing is not a bad thing, but it is when you’re not used to it and take a year off. She tells us she wants to be remembered as “that hot crazy funny Asian chick” at the end of her career. Her opponent is Miyu “Krazy Bee” Yamamoto she made her pro debut back in September of this year losing to Rena Kubota in the very first round via a Guillotine Choke. She’ll be looking to make a statement by taking out the 105lb champion Andy Nguyen.

The former UFC star has been dominating the competition in the 125lb flyweight division.

4. Rin Nakai (#2) VS Kanako Murata – RIZIN 3
Date
: December 29th 2016
Former UFC star Rin Nakai (18-2-0) has been on a tear since leaving the organisation. She debuted in the UFC as part of the 135lb bantamweight division, losing consecutive decisions to Miesha Tate and Leslie Smith before being released from her contract. At 5’1 she was severely undersized in the division but has now found her way in the 125lb flyweight division in which she is currently undefeated and ranked at #2 in the world. She holds a dominant unanimous decision win over Sarah D’Alelio (a woman who has beat Amanda Nunes), as well as recent back to back TKO stoppage victories over Emiko Raika and Charlene Watt. She’ll be looking to keep her momentum going, she has never been stopped in her career. Meanwhile, undefeated Kanako Murata (4-0-0) is hoping to spoil Nakai’s party. She made her pro debut back in April of this year getting the unanimous decision win over Natalia Denisova. She has since picked up three more wins, including two TKO’s. A win over Nakai will send Murata into stardom and prove she is a force in the 125lb division – just 8 months into her Pro MMA career.

Garcia plans on stealing Asakura’s spot in the top ten rankings.

5. Kanna Asakura (#10) VS Alyssa Garcia – RIZIN 3
Date:
December 29th 2016
Asakura (5-1-0) is currently the number 10 ranked 105lb atomweight fighter in the world. She has two wins via rear-naked-choke’s with her sole loss coming to a woman who now competes at strawweight. Her opponent, the beautiful 23 year old, Alyssa Garcia from California plans on stealing that spot. She begun her amateur career on a tear, finishing undefeated. However, since turning pro she’s recently suffered back to back losses to top ranked atomweight Julia Jones and strawweight Celine Haga. A win over Asakura would show the world she is ready to face the best of the best in the top ten.

Honorable mention: Rena Kubota (2-0-0) VS Hanna Gujwan (1-0-0) – RIZIN 4
Date: December 31st 2016


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