Many MMA fans are waiting for the return of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. However, the latest update given by UFC President Dana White indicates that Rousey may not be ready to fight at UFC 205 in New York City.
The 29-year-old fighter suffered her first loss last November via vicious head kick knockout against Holly Holm. She was medically suspended for six months and was rumored to be ready for her return fight later this year.
White told The Michael Kay Show that he does not know if Rousey will be returning inside the Octagon this year. He revealed that as much as he wants her to fight, the decision to fight again is the former champion’s decision.
“She has as much time off as she wants or needs. Obviously, I would love her to come back sooner than later so we’ll see how that plays out, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to roll into New York with Ronda, but I just don’t know if she’s going to be ready,” White said.
UFC 205 is one of the most anticipated events in history due to being the first MMA event since the sport was legalized in the state of New York. It will be held at the Madison Square Garden and it will be the first UFC event in New York since 1997.
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It is expected that Rousey will be challenging for the UFC bantamweight championship once she makes her return. Many anticipated that a rematch with Holm will happen, but she lost the belt to Miesha Tate last March 5.
A lot of things could happen since Tate will be defending the championship against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. There’s also the fact the Cris “Cyborg” Justino is already in the UFC and she was very impressive in her debut match against Leslie Smith last May 14.
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