New breaking update on the return of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as the promotion’s president gave positive signs that the comeback could happen within the year. This leaves UFC 206, as possibly the venue for Rowdy’s first fight in the Octagon in almost a year.
According to sources, White gave indications that Rousey could fight by the year’s end, against none other than current champion, Amanda Nunes.
“Yes, there’s a big chance that Ronda Rousey will fight Amanda Nunes and I’m very confident that Ronda will probably fight before the end of the year (translated from the original language of the interview),” White told Brazilian news outlet Esporte Espetacular.
The last time Rousey stepped into the Octagon, she suffered her first KO defeat in the UFC by the hands of former champ Holly Holm at UFC 193. The women’s bantamweight has been very elusive since then, seeing two other owners since Holm, namely Miesha Tate and current champ, Nunes.
UFC legend thinks Ronda Rousey return unlikely
Rousey’s defeat has seemingly left the MMA fighter at a crossroads, between continuing to fight in the UFC or hanging her gloves to pursue an acting career. Some fighters and analysts are theorizing that Rousey will be choosing the latter at the end of it all.
“No, she’s not coming back. She’ll never fight again,” said UFC legend Don Frye during an interview with Submission Radio. “She used to be able to draw fans, now she can’t. Everybody’s seen through her.”
According to Frye, should Rousey confirm her return, the former champ does not deserve an immediate shot at the belt. Rather, she should face the one who had beaten her in 2015.
“If she wants to come back, she should do her rematch against Holly Holm,” criticized Frye. “And then if you beat Holly, then you can have a title match. But if you get your ass kicked like that, you don’t deserve a title match.”
Ronda Rousey, on the other hand has been keeping mum about her return.
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