Ronda Rousey Will Spend A Full Year Out Before Returning To The UFC

The big question that emerged in the weeks and months since UFC phenom Ronda Rousey was soundly put on her backside by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, in one of the most instantly iconic moments the sport of MMA has ever seen, was when, exactly, would Rousey step into the octagon again?

The loss clearly rattled Rousey, who took to ground following the bout in order to recover both physically, and mentally. Meanwhile, Holm immediately began searching for a contender for her newly won UFC Women’s Bantamweight title.
Whilst the media speculation had previously linked Rousey to a return match for the title at the upcoming UFC 200 spectacular – which is tipped to be one of, if not the, biggest events in the company’s history – it would appear now that that is not the case.
Rousey’s schedule has been booked solid through the first half of 2016 thanks to a string of film shoots, such as the remake of the 1989 film Road House in which Rousey is starring.
The Rowdy One now appears more likely to re-enter the fighting world in November, a full year after her loss at Etihad Stadium.
UFC President Dana White appeared on “The Neighbourhood” radio show, and addressed the issue. White confirmed that Rousey will face the winner of the upcoming Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate fight.

“Holly Holm will fight Miesha Tate on March 5. The winner of that will fight Ronda, probably in November.”

Holm and Tate face off at UFC 196 for the Women’s Bantamweight title in the sub-main event of the card, prior to the UFC Lightweight Championship match between reigning champ Rafael dos Anjos and UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor.

As for Rousey’s mental state, White remained ever the consummate promoter.

“She’s a badass. She’ll be back.”

UFC 196 takes place on March 5th (US time) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Source: ESPN.
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