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Ronda Rousey Sets UFC Return Date; Will Challenge Amanda Nunes for the Bantamweight Championship at UFC 207


She’s baaaacckkk….

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.”

About Bill Wentz (1543 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

1 Comment on Ronda Rousey Sets UFC Return Date; Will Challenge Amanda Nunes for the Bantamweight Championship at UFC 207

  1. Would be one hell of a fight!


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