Ronda Rousey Could Return In 2017
MMA Junkie – Ronda Rousey’s anticipated UFC return won’t take place at UFC 200 in July. Nor will it be part of UFC 205, the organization’s debut event in New York, which is set for November. In fact, according to UFC President Dana White, it might not happen this year at all.
A minor knee surgery has thrown another wrench into the comeback plans of Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), a former UFC champion and the No. 3-ranked fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings. Now she might not see action again until 2017.
“I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year,” White told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” earlier today. “She actually just had surgery (on Wednesday) on her knee. Nothing serious – just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great, her spirits are great, and she’s been training. So if she fights, I’m hoping that she either fights in December. Or if not, she’d probably fight on the New Year’s show or beginning of the year or something.”
This is good news for everybody involved. The UFC will make a ton of money when Ronda gets back in the octagon, Ronda will make a ton of money fighting again and Cris Cyborg may get her opportunity to rearrange Rousey’s face. Her first fight back has to be against Holm, especially if Holly wins her next bout. That could set-up a title shot for whoever prevails and create a huge payday for the current champion. Throw Cyborg in there somewhere and you have an exciting couple of years. This is awesome for the women’s division and I can’t wait to see how Ronda rebounds after her first loss…but secretly I can’t wait to see her wearing very little at weigh-ins.