The UFC women’s bantamweight title has proven to be a bit of a hot potato in the last eight months.
At UFC 193 in November, Holly Holm inflicted a first MMA defeat to poster girl Ronda Rousey, then in March Holm lost the belt in her first defence to Miesha Tate.
The time has now come for Tate to put the belt on the line for the first time in what has now become the only title defence on the whole of the stacked UFC 200 card.
Amanda Nunes is her opponent and the fight is being somewhat undervalued in parts because neither fighter is ultimately considered to be the best in the female division, with Rousey, Holm and Cat Zingano all bigger draws.
Zingano has stopped both Nunes and Tate previously.
However, although neither are the biggest names or the most technically gifted fighters in the women’s game, this has the all the markings of being a leading fight of the night contender. It is 9/2 that the women’s title showdown is declared the fight of the night.
Both women love to step forward, are aggressive, punch without disguise and are resolute if tagged by an opponent.
Given that Nunes is the harder puncher, she may have the edge should the bout develop into more of a brawl, while she is also a capable grappler should the fight end up on the mat. Therefore, it is somewhat of a surprise to see the challenger priced up as the clear underdog at 11/5.
Tate is the 10/27 favourite and is the only one of the pair to have previously showcased the stamina to go more than three rounds, when submitting Holm in round five with a rear naked choke to become champion. Although Holm’s cautious tendencies prevented the fight from really turning into a test of stamina.
A more profitable bet may well prove the 8/1 that Nunes gets the job done in the opening round.
It has already been mentioned that she is regarded as a powerful striker and Tate is not one to start slowly, often getting involved in wild swinging fisticuffs in the early exchanges. Should she get tagged, Nunes is capable of the quick stoppage.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.