Ronda Rousey, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, will return to action at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, NV and will challenge Amanda Nunes for the title. UFC 207 will take place on December 30, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Rousey (12-1) lost the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 193 in a shocking loss to Holly Holm that ended a streak of six successful title defenses. Rousey laid low since then. UFC President Dana White said that she has been training, and her confidence is good. In an appearance on The Herd on Wednesday, White asserted that “she’s still Ronda Rousey at the end of the day,” calling her “the biggest, baddest female fighter on the planet since we got into women’s fighting.”
Nunes (13-4) submitted Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to win the title. She has won four straight fights, with finishes in twelve of her 13 career wins.
White said that the length of time between Ronda’s last bout and her return was all about her wanting time off.
“It was never about a psychological problem with Ronda. She wanted time off. She said, ‘I want to go away and relax.’ This girl worked hard for us for three years, non-stop, fight promotion after fight promotion. She wanted time off and in this sport, I say it all the time, if you even hint, ‘I want to retire of I want time off,’ you need to do it.”
Of course, the talk of a superfight between Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino continues to swirl, and Justino has loudly campaigned for that bout recently. According to White, if Rousey is successful in regaining her championship, that fight will happen.
“Cyborg wants that fight, Ronda wants that fight. Ronda’s plan is to come back, win her title back. If that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen.”