Ronda Rousey returning before year end; UFC mulling over three fighters as former champ’s opponent

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Ronda Rousey return
Ronda Rousey return

Now that it’s official that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be sitting out UFC 205, rumors are beginning to swirl that she could still be making it back to the Octagon just before the year ends. At the same time, sources are also pointing at four possible names for the former champ to face when she makes her return to the UFC.

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Early speculation had many fans riled up for a possible Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey doubleheader event at UFC 205 in New York. But a still recovering McGregor and a healing Rousey have put all rumors to rest.

“[Rousey is] definitely not fighting in New York,” White told Rolling Stone magazine. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”

According to sources, White has “said that Rousey does intend on fighting again and that we could see her in the Octagon before the year comes to a close.”

So now that there is semblance of confirmation that Rousey may be coming back, who could be the (un)lucky fighter facing her?

Possible options for Ronda Rousey return

Julianna Pena

The undefeated UFC fighter (4-0) could be a perfect test for Rousey, to see whether he long hiatus has taken a toll on her MMA ability. Pena, who has won three straight, with the most recent one against Cat Zingano, has been showing that she is a true force to be reckoned with in the UFC.

And she says she wants Rousey.

“ I want to beat up Ronda Rousey,” shared Pena with MMA news. “ And so, I will take that Ronda fight all day long.”

Miesha Tate

After losing the belt to a total walloping by the hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, the no. 1 contender still (possibly) holds a ticket for a rematch with the current champion. But should Rousey make a comeback, it would come to no surprise if Tate is tasked to face her arch-nemesis, first.

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Amanda Nunes

Of course, it would be quite unfair to the entire world of the MMA to see Rousey get a shot at the belt, on her first fight, but she still does have the street cred to support it-five successful title defenses, fourteen-second win, three Hollywood blockbusters and a partridge in a pear tree.

Early Christmas for Rousey fans? Hopefully.

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