UFC 205, which will be the promotion’s first event in the state of New York since 1995, may appear to be the biggest show remaining on the 2016 MMA schedule but if online rumours prove true, it might yet have competition from UFC 207, scheduled for December 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
According to self-proclaimed MMA insider @TalkMMA, there are rumours that the UFC is planning a massive end of year blow out featuring a plethora of exciting match-ups, including a light-heavyweight title fight pitting champion Daniel Cormier against the heavy-hitting Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, Dominic Cruz defending the bantamweight strap against Team Alpha Male’s Cody Garbrandt and Fabricio Werdum vs Cain Velasquez 2.
On top of that, a showdown between women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and former 135-pound queen Ronda Rousey is apparently being discussed.
#UFC207 rumored card: DC vs Rumble, Cruz vs Garbrandt, Werdum vs Cain, and now…
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey is in discussions for 207
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) September 19, 2016
While we wouldn’t encourage you to start booking rooms in Vegas based on the contents of this tweet, it’s worth noting that reports coming from the Twitter account in question have frequently proved accurate in the past.
As Chris Kelleher noted in a previous piece for Pundit Arena, @TalkMMA suggested that Chris Weidman was injured and would be forced to withdraw from his UFC 199 title fight with Luke Rockhold before it had been reported elsewhere. It also suggested that Daniel Cormier might be injured several weeks prior to his scheduled rematch with Jon Jones at UFC 197.
I hope it's nothing but I just received a message that Daniel Cormier was at a wrestling tourney in CA. Could barely walk on his left leg.
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) March 27, 2016
Cormier later pulled out of the fight, citing a lower-leg injury as the reason for his withdrawal.
More recently, ‘Dizz’ gained credibility by reporting that Tyron Woodley would defend his welterweight title against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 several days in advance of the official announcement.
Perhaps more important than the reputation of this particular account is the fact that recent comments from UFC president Dana White seem to support the notion that Rousey could make her return on the card.
On Sunday, he told Brazilian sports media outlet Esporte Espetacular that a bout between the “Rowdy” one and Nunes was a real possibility for later this year.
“There is a great chance that Ronda will fight Amanda Nunes,” said White. “And I am very confident that she will fight before the end of the year.”
Given the fact that Rousey already ruled herself out of UFC 205 during an interview with Rolling Stone last month, there are only two remaining Pay-per-view events that she could compete on before the end of the year – UFC 206 and UFC 207.
UFC 206 is scheduled to take place on Decemeber 10th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, while UFC 207 is taking place the day before New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.
The latter certainly seems like a more natural fit for Rousey’s return.