Ronda Rousey has not stepped inside the Octagon since November of last year, and it seems that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is still taking her time preparing for what could be her return to fighting form.
According to reports, the UFC star has already returned to the gym to train, but fans will have to wait a bit longer before her fight, as UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Rousey will not be in UFC 205.
During a podcast interview with UFC unfiltered, the UFC president made it clear that former UFC champ would not be making her (re)debut at New York in November.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White confirmed in the interview. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”
With White’s comments, it may really seem that Rousey will see her return to the Octagon by 2017, as reported earlier in August by MMAMania. The MMA fighter’s schedule has also kept her from truly focusing on an immediate return, with so many other projects taking her time-from modeling to filming the remake of Roadhouse.
But sources from Fox Sports have also indicated that Rousey is already planning her return to action, possibly hinting at a fight by year end. Though no contracts have been inked, “discussions are ongoing for Rousey’s return to the Octagon and while New York is out of the picture, there’s still a chance she fights again before the end of the year.” stated the TV network in relation to the UFC fighter’s comeback bid.
Rousey, who lost the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 193, has tried to maintain a low-profile since her shocking defeat. Meanwhile, the women’s bantamweight belt cannot seem to keep a permanent owner, as it has already seen three owners since Rousey lost it in November 2015. And now that we know Rousey will not be in UFC 205, we may see the belt going to another fighter before the year ends.
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