Ronda Rousey continues to be a woman of few words as we quickly approach her big comeback fight on Friday night at UFC 207. A recent change to the way weigh-ins are handled means fighters get to weigh in with the athletic commission earlier in the day, making this evening’s festivities with thousands of fans at the T-Mobile Arena the ‘ceremonial’ weigh-ins. Rousey got in and out of the morning weigh-ins in under 10 seconds, and while she stuck around a bit longer at the ceremonial show, she still left without saying anything to anyone.
Her opponent, current UFC women’s champion Amanda Nunes, showed up wearing a lion mask, which was a nod to her nickname ‘The Lioness.’ The mask came off though when she and Rousey squared off for the crowd.
While there was no shoving or jostling between the two competitors, it was all serious as they stared each other down. But as soon as the face off was done with, Rousey exited stage right without participating in the traditional interview with host Joe Rogan.
Things weren’t quite as civil when co-headliners Cody Garbrandt and men’s bantamweight champion Dominik Cruz faced off. The two have been verbally sparring for weeks leading up to the event, and several times Garbrandt has had to be restrained by security before attempting to punch a hole through Cruz’s smug mouth. The weigh-ins were no different, and ended with the two fighters being held on opposite sides of the stage.
The rest of the card (which we must remind you is on Friday night, not the typical Saturday) looks pretty compelling as well:
Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey for the Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt for the Men’s Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw vs John Lineker
Dong Hyun Kim vs Tarec Saffiedine
Louis Smolka vs Ray Borg
Prelims on Fox Sports 1:
Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny
Mike Pyle vs Alex Garcia
Antonio Carlos Junior vs Marvin Vettori
Brandon Thatch vs Niko Price
Alex Oliveira vs Tim Means (on UFC Fight Pass)
We’ll be providing comprehensive coverage of the event and will have all of the results as they happen, plus the goods on the championship fights and reactions to Ronda Rousey’s return. So make sure to join us on Friday night for all your UFC needs!