Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 207 against the current champion, Amanda Nunes. In line with her upcoming fight, “Rowdy” revealed that she is planning to retire in the world of mixed martial arts.
It has been almost a year since Ronda Rousey was last seen in action in the Octagon, but she is still considered the biggest star in the UFC. After defending the belt for the sixth time, “Rowdy” was dethroned by Holly Holm at UFC 193. Since the belt was taken away from her, no female MMA fighter has succeeded to defend the title.
On October 12, UFC president Dana White announced that Ronda Rousey will be facing Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.
“[The announcement of] Ronda’s return garnered 489 million impressions, making it the most re-tweeted announcement in UFC history,” White said via text message to Yahoo Sports. ” … Her return is huge and yes, the PPV will be massive.”
Recently, a news spread that Rousey is planning to retire, saying that her fight with Amanda Nunes could be one of her last fights.
“Not that long, I’m wrapping it up,” Rousey said when asked by host Ellen DeGeneres how much longer she planned to fight. “This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch, because the show isn’t going to be around forever.”
With this statement, most people noticed that “Rowdy” is not very focused on her upcoming fight against Amanda Nunes. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate stated in the past that a “half-assed Rousey” won’t stand a chance against Nunes. If a 100% Ronda Rousey will not show up at UFC 207, there is a higher possibility that she will suffer the worst comeback fight in her life.
However, if she shows an improved version of the former champ, Rousey is expected to have the belt wrap around her waist by the end of the match. Once she succeeds to regain the title, Cris Cyborg, and Holly Holm could be her potential opponents before she officially retires.
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