Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is yet to announce her comeback fight but speculations continue to swirl that Rowdy eyes a 2016 return in the Octagon.
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, the belt continues to move from other fighter’s waist.
Since UFC 193, Ronda Rousey is the only UFC women’s bantamweight champion who had a successful title defense. Now that Amanda Nunes is holding the belt, there are speculations that her first title defense will be against Ronda Rousey.
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.
Rowdy was rumored to fight at UFC 205 on November 12. However, UFC president Dana White revealed that Rousey is still recovering from a number of small surgeries.
“Ronda had a bunch of minor surgeries and they’re healing up and when they are, I’m assuming she’s going to fight,” White said.
Meanwhile, Rousey’s boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, said that he feels bad for whoever Ronda will fight next. Browne added that the former women’s bantamweight champion is physically and mentally doing great.
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
Ronda Rousey admitted that her first loss made her think of taking her own life. However, her boyfriend Travis Browne made her realize that she still have something more important than the UFC belt.
“I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.” Rousey said.
With Rousey not returning at UFC 205, Julianna Pena or Valentina Shevchenko will be fighting Amanda Nunes to grab the UFC women’s bantamweight title. As Dana White said before, whoever is holding the belt will be the next opponent of Ronda Rousey once she decided to return to the Octagon.
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