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Ronda Rousey UFC return unlikely; Dana White hints retirement of former MMA champ

PHOTOGRAPH: zuko1312/Flickr | Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey

The MMA world has been waiting for Ronda Rousey UFC return as the women’s division becomes quiet since “Rowdy” last fought at UFC 207. However, UFC president Dana White doesn’t think that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion will ever fight again in the Octagon.

Ronda Rousey UFC reign ended at UFC 193 after losing to Holly Holm via knockout. “Rowdy” took her first loss seriously and admitted contemplating a suicide. More than one year after the bout, Rousey decided to make a comeback fight against the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Nunes has been targeted by top contenders in the women’s division, including Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena. However, when Rousey announced her return, White immediately gave her the opportunity to fight for the title. Rousey headed into UFC 207 confident to regain the belt.

Dana White reveals Ronda Rousey UFC return not happening

Unfortunately, Nunes only needed 48 seconds to knock her out. Most people believe Rousey will permanently retire from mixed martial arts after suffering her second defeat. White continues to have communication with Rousey but revealed that they are not talking about her possible return to the Octagon.

“I have not (talked to her about fighting again),” White told media members at UFC 210 this past Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. “Ronda and I talk maybe once a week, once every two weeks. She has not said anything to me about a comeback.”

Since signing with the UFC in 2012, Ronda Rousey built a strong relationship with UFC president Dana White. White revealed that Rousey is the major reason why women can compete in the UFC. Even after losing the belt, White still considered her as the UFC’s biggest star.

However, White is open to the possibility that Rousey will not fight again in the Octagon. Though several UFC champs urged Rousey to make a comeback fight, White isn’t optimistic about Ronda Rousey UFC return.

“If I had to guess, I would guess that she will not come back,” White said.

Dana White found the next Ronda Rousey

With Rousey’s future remains up in the air, White continues to find talented fighters who could be the next UFC star. White believes strawweight star Cynthia Calvillo could follow the footsteps of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.

“The first time I met Conor McGregor, I called Lorenzo [Fertitta] and said ‘Man, I don’t even know if this guy can fight, but if he can throw a punch he’s going to be an [expletive] rock star.’ You know?” White said at the post-fight news conference. “Ronda Rousey, I had a 45-minute meeting with her and I decided to do women’s MMA. I feel pretty strongly about this one too. I loved her performance tonight.”

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