Ronda Rousey and her comeback bid have been pushed back anew after UFC president Dana White announced Thursday that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion underwent a knee surgery, which will push her comeback inside the Octagon by December.
White stated that Rousey was originally scheduled to fight in November when the UFC debuts at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the recent developments White told ESPN’s Cari Champion on SportsCenter as reported by MMA Fighting that Rousey might take time to heal and recover from the surgery and sees her fighting again either in December or at most January of next year.
“Ronda Rousey, I don’t know. I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year. She actually just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training,” White said.
White explained that Rousey was originally scheduled to make her comeback at UFC 200 then it was pushed back to either in October or November due to her film and other commitments outside the UFC. Now with the developments, White is looking at other possibilities as Rousey might be ready for a fight towards early of next year.
“If she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, then he would probably fight at the New Year’s show at the beginning of the year,” White added.
White stressed that Rousey will still be pitted against Miesha Tate, that is if she hangs on to the title that long until Rousey is cleared to fight. White added that if Tate loses the belt then Rousey will go on to be carded as to who holds her belt, stressing that he wants Rousey to be in a title fight for her comeback.
“Injuries happen in this sport and a fight is made. Somebody falls out and somebody else slides in,” White explained. “I’m not even saying Holly Holm couldn’t be the champion by the time Ronda comes back. So, whoever holds that belt when Ronda’s ready.”
Fight fans will have to wait until Rousey is well again and ready to officially make her comeback inside the Octagon and White will for a sure monitor as to how things will play out to ensure that the fans get what they have been waiting for awhile.
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