Former UFC women’s welterweight champion Ronda Rousey is expected to have her comeback fight in December. Though her opponent is still undecided, Amanda Nunes eyes to fight Rowdy if she succeeds in her first title defense against Julianna Pena or Valentina Shevchenko.
Ronda Rousey has not returned to the Octagon since she was defeated by Holly Holm in November 2015 at UFC 193. From the time she was dethroned, no UFC women’s welterweight champion has succeeded to defend the belt.
Amanda Nunes successfully grabbed the belt from Miesha Tate at UFC 200. When the news spread that Ronda Rousey is not yet returning, the names of Julianna Pena and Valentina Shevchenko emerged as the next challenger.
— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) August 25, 2016
— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) August 24, 2016
Both fighters expressed their desire to fight for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Julianna Pena, ranked No. 4, gained his title chance when she defeated Cat Zingano for her fourth straight win. Meanwhile, Valentina Shevchenko, who is ranked No. 5, is also in a solid position to be Nunes’ challenger after defeating former champion Holly Holm.
If Amanda Nunes defeats either Pena or Shevchenko, there is a higher possibility that her next opponent will be Ronda Rousey. Most female fighters aim to fight Rowdy since she was the only champion who succeeded to defend the belt.
According to Fox Sports, Ronda Rousey is currently in talk with the UFC about a possible fight before the end of the year. The potential fight is expected to take place on December 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White already admitted in the past months that Rousey will be fighting whoever is the champion when she returns. Rowdy recently suffered minor injuries that stopped her from fighting at UFC 205.
Spoke to Travis Browne. UFC 203 story next week. FWIW, on Rousey: "Physically and mentally doing great. I feel bad for whoever's next."
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 30, 2016
Rowdy’s boyfriend, Travis Browne, said the former champion is doing great, physically and mentally. He added that he feels bad for whoever Ronda Rousey will fight next.
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