Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Paige VanZant has backed Ronda Rousey to beat Amanda Nunes when they face each other for the bantamweight title at UFC 207 on 30 December at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The longest reigning former women's bantamweight champion is returning to the octagon for the first time in over a year after having taken a break following her brutal knockout by Holly Holm, when she surrendered the title. The bantamweight belt has changed hands on more than one occasion since, and is currently being held by Nunes, who beat Meisha Tate earlier in the year.
VanZant, who competed in the Women's Strawweight division in the UFC believes that despite her lengthy absence, Rousey has enough to beat the current champion. The 22-year-old Oregon-born fighter admits that this UFC 207 clash with Nunes could be her compatriot's last fight despite Rousey stating otherwise during a recent interview with Conan O'Brien.
VanZant also offered to fight Rousey, if the bantamweight class fighter is willing to drop to the 125lbs class admitting that it will be easy for her to gain the necessary weight to qualify.
"I would say Ronda by armbar," VanZant said when asked about her thoughts on the upcoming Nunes vs Rousey fight at UFC 207, as quoted by Fox Sports.
"I think it could be her last fight. It's a big deal for her but she's so successful outside of fighting that she doesn't need to fight anymore. It's such a violent sport and it takes a lot out of you so either way she's had a very successful career," she added with regards to speculation on Rousey's future in the sport.
"If she wants to meet me at 125 (pounds), I would have to go up. I would consider going up to 125. It's not that big of a weight gain for me. We'll see if we meet at 125," the Women's Strawweight division fighter said about facing Rousey in the future.