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What time, what channel and who's on the card? Everything you need to know about Ronda Rousey's UFC 207 return

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes faces off with Ronda Rousey after UFC 205 Weigh-ins in preparation for their UFC 207 fight that will take place on December 30, 2016 at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes faces off with Ronda Rousey after UFC 205 Weigh-ins in preparation for their UFC 207 fight that will take place on December 30, 2016 at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Jack de Menezes

Ronda Rousey makes her long-awaited return to the UFC this week to take on reigning women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in her quest to get back the title she lost over a year ago in her only defeat in her career.

Rousey was brutally knocked out at UFC 193 in November 2015 by Holly Holm, having previously won all 12 of her MMA bouts by stoppage, and lost her undefeated streak in the process.

The devastating stand-up display from Holm exposed weaknesses in Rousey’s defence that had not been witnessed before, and ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ was able to utilise this to deliver a stunning knockout, with Rousey wearing a number of punches and kicks that ended with a roundhouse kick to the neck.

Rousey has taken time out of the sport since the lost, starring in Hollywood films and working on her technique, while the bantamweight championship has failed to find a new home. Since Rousey lost the belt, Holm failed to defend it when she was choked unconscious by Miesha Tate at UFC 196, at Tate in turn tapped out to current champion Nunes at UFC 200.

Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 207, including the rest of the fight card, start times and full television information.

When is UFC 207?

UFC 207 takes place on Friday 30 December at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

What time does it start?

UFC 207 begins at 00:30 with the early prelims, with the prelims getting underway from 01:00 and the main card starting at 03:00.

Where can I watch it?

Both the prelims and the main card for UFC 207 will be shown live on BT Sport 3 from 01:00 Saturday morning. The early prelims and prelims can also be watched on UFC Fight Pass around the country.

Why isn’t Cain Velasquez fighting Fabricio Verdum?

The rematch was supposed to go ahead at UFC 207, until former heavyweight champion Velasquez was pulled out of the fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission [NSAC] without his knowledge. The decision was taken due to Velasquez being deemed in a condition that was unfit to fight, with his own admission that he plans to undergo surgery on a sciatic nerve injury five days after UFC 207 raising alarm bells.

The pain was bad enough that Velasquez was seen using CBD oil to help ahead of the fight, and the UFC released a short statement to confirm the news: "Saturday afternoon, UFC was informed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Cain Velasquez is unfit to fight. As a result, the former two-time heavyweight champion has been removed from his Dec. 30 bout against Fabricio Werdum at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.”

Full fight card

 

Main card:

Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey (women’s bantamweight championship)

Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt (bantamweight championship)

TJ Dillashaw vs John Lineker (bantamweight)

Dong Hyun Kim vs Tarec Saffiedine (welterweight)

Louis Smolka vs Ray Borg (flyweight)

 

Prelims:

Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny (welterweight)

Antonio Carlos Junior vs Marvin Vettori (middleweight)

Mike Pyle vs Alex Garcia (welterweight)

Brandon Thatch vs Niko Price (welterweight)

 

Early prelims:

Alex Oliveira vs Tim Means (welterweight)

 

Odds

Amanda Nunes to win: 6/5

Ronda Rousey to win: 4/6

Dominick Cruz to win: 4/9

Cody Garbrandt to win: 7/4

John Lineker to win: 2/1

TJ Dillashaw to win: 2/5

(© Independent News Service)

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