Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has not fought since losing the title to Holly Holm in November of last year. Since then, the women’s bantamweight title has changed hands two times — Holm lost to Miesha Tate, who then lost to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
That has left many wondering when the former champion, if ever, could return to the Octagon.
While there remains no timetable for her return, UFC president Dana White shed some light on the possibility of who Rousey’s opponent could be when she decides to return to the cage.
According to White, there is a “great chance” Rousey will return to fight for the title before the end of the year.
“Yes, there is a great chance that Ronda will fight Amanda Nunes, and I am very confident Ronda will fight before the end of the year,” White said.
“I think in a perfect world, what everybody would love to see is Ronda versus Cyborg, so everybody is waiting – I’m sure Cyborg is, too – is the return of Ronda Rousey. When she does return, I’m sure (Rousey is) gonna want to fight for the title, probably defend it and then maybe fight Cyborg. I don’t know. We’ll see how this thing plays out.”
Cyborg is set to fight this weekend against Lina Lansberg in Brazil.
Unfortunately, she has detailed struggles to get down to 140-pounds — which is the contracted catchweight for her UFC Fight Night headliner — and that could squash any potential matchup against Rousey in the future.
But for now, everyone should be thrilled to know it appears the former champ is nearing her comeback.
When Rousey does return to mixed martial arts, all eyes will be watching to see how she bounces back from the first loss of her career.
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