Ronda Rousey, the world's most dominant athlete and women's bantamweight champion, returns to action this Saturday, August 1 to headline UFC 190. And for the first time in her UFC career, Rousey is fighting abroad, taking on Brazil's Bethe Correia at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
A bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, Rousey (11-0, 5-0 UFC) has matured from a top tier Judoka into the finest woman in MMA today, needing all of 96 seconds, total, to win her last three title defenses, including a 14-second armbar of Cat Zingano at UFC 184.
Correia (9-0, 3-0 UFC), who enters the Octagon for the first time since August 2014, when she earned a TKO over Rousey's teammate Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, relies more on her striking game and punch combinations.
While Rousey is currently a 14-to-1 favorite, she has already alluded that she will not finish this contest early, instead choosing to punish Correia on the feet, although the lip service could merely be a ploy.
And regardless if Rousey chooses to stand and trade punches with Correia, or take the Brazilian to the mat, she owns a significant edge in all facets of mixed martial arts.
Look for Rousey to land the third round TKO.
Co-main event: Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
A rematch 10 years in the making, this battle of Brazilian light heavyweights Rua and Nogueira pits two national heroes against each other.
Rua (22-10, 6-8 UFC), a former UFC champion better known as "Shogun," is a heavy-handed striker, capable of unleashing punishing blows from range or outside. But having lost his last two bouts via knockout, Rua appears to be showing signs of age.
At 39, Nogueira (21-6, 4-3 UFC) is one of MMA's elder statesmen, a BJJ black belt with tremendous boxing. Nogueira, who also enters UFC 190 after suffering a loss in his last defeat, will fight for the first time in a year, and only the fourth time in four years.
Look for both fighters to come out strong, as neither has the ability to go three rounds at full pace. And while Nogueira will need a round or two re-gain his boxing footwork, look for Rua to come in close and land a knockout in the second round.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve
One of Brazil's most legendary MMA fighters, Nogueira (34-9-1 1 NC, 5-5 UFC), a former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion, has not fought in 15 months, after suffering a knockout loss to Roy Nelson in Dubai.
Struve (25-7, 9-5 UFC), the UFC's tallest athlete, will make just his second appearance since early 2013 after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart and leaking aortic valve.
For Nogueira, the key has always been his ground game. A fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Nogueira owns 21 career submission wins. But it's been nearly three years since he's forced a tapout.
A Dutch kickboxer, Struve also possesses a solid jiu jitsu base and submission game; however, he will be best served to utilize his tremendous reach advantage and keep the feet standing.
And while Nogueira has not won since October 2012, he'll have just enough to get inside and force a late submission.
Antonia Silva vs. Soa Palelei
A battle of heavyweights, this contest between Silva and Palelei shouldn't take too long, as both fighters have a tendency to finish bouts quickly.
Silva (18-7-1, 2-4-1 UFC) , a former title challenger, has not looked the same since he was busted for performance enhancing drugs at his legendary contest with Mark Hunt in December 2013, and the UFC's subsequent ban on testosterone replacement therapy.
Palelei (22-4, 4-2 UFC) is a ground and pound specialist, who is able to deliver a swift beating from the mount.
And while the hometown crowd will back Silva, Palelei's punches will be too much.
Look for Palelei to score the second round TKO.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Aguilar
One of the UFC's most dynamic female strawweights, Gadelha (12-1, 1-1 UFC), who trains out of Rio's Nova Uniao gym, is a world champion jiu jitsu fighter, who was touted early on as a possible champion at 115 pounds.
Aguilar (19-4, 0-0 UFC), who is making her UFC debut, represents a previous generation of women fighters, having earned multiple titles in smaller organizations.
With the next shot at the belt (supposedly) on the line in this one, look for Gadelha to push the action in close and move the fight to the cage wall. Aguilar will take a different approach, sticking and moving around the Octagon.
There will be no finish here, but look for Gadelha to take a unanimous decision.