Rua has struggled lately while facing the young bucks of the division, but still possesses the ability to pull out a big win against the right competition. Nogueira is more of an anomaly.
Palelei has gone 4-1 since coming back to the UFC, with his only loss coming by way of decision against a top-notch wrestler in Jared Rosholt. Rousey vs. Chris Weidan is also undefeated, though he has defended is title 3 times; Lyoto Machida is a one-time champion. By Valentina Zarya August 5, 2015.
Palelei certainly knows that Silva is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but his best place to win this fight is to drag it to the ground and look to open up his offense there. These are the fights that are just too close to call, but a few minor differences between favorite and underdog could lead one fighter to victory and the other to defeat.
However, Rousey is still making less in show and win earnings from the UFC. Rousey is the undisputed female champion, having defended her title 6 times.
Shogun has certainly faced some serious adversity from the hardest punchers in the light heavyweight division, but he still has quick movement and knockout power on his side.
If her 34 seconds in the ring on Saturday are any indication, she seems to be doing that job pretty well. The scariest part about this fight is that Rousey has had more time to train and has stated numerous times that she wants to make an example out of Correia.
Rousey has dispatched her last three opponents in a combined one minute and 36 seconds, with two coming by way of KO and the third by her signature armbar submission. Nogueira also has a devastating ground game, and if he can drag Struve to the mat, he might be able to lock up one of his famous submissions to make the crowd roar in Brazil at least one more time.
All of those factors make it really hard to favor Nogueira to win in this rematch. Nogueira answered more questions about his potential retirement following his last fight than who he wanted to face next, so both of these guys have something to prove on Saturday night.
Magny defends just over 71-percent of the takedowns attempted against him while landing more than double the significant strikes per minute than Maia. Overall, Rousey is clearly taking home a payday fit for a champ. During his win streak, Magny has gained a ton of confidence in his hands and he just recently shut down Korean striker Hyun Gyu Lim for one of the most impressive wins during his current run.
For comparison: The only one that sticks out as an upset to watch on Saturday night is the welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Neil Magny.