So it looks like 2016 might not end without Ronda Rousey fighting after all….
In recent months, the expectation has been that Rousey would not return to the Octagon this year, following her devastating loss to Holly Holm in November, 2015. Originally, Rousey had said she planned to fight this past summer, but then it was revealed the former bantamweight champ had requested more time off. Then, more recently, it was reported that Rousey was unlikely to return this year.
Well, according to a new report from FOX Sports, however, Rousey has been offered a December 30th scrap with the new 135 champ, Amanda Nunes. The fight would be part of UFC 207, which will take place in Las Vegas. The report, which cites sources, says no bout agreements have been signed. The story also notes that Dana White recently told the Brazilian outlet Globo, Rousey could fight Nunes before 2017 begins.
So, if it happens, that would be a massive fight to close out the UFC calendar year. No question. Although Rousey has been away from the cage, there’s no doubt she remains one of the biggest names in all of MMA. In terms of the mainstream, “Rowdy” could very well be the UFC’s biggest star still. Particularly in North America. Lots of people will want to see if she can reclaim the bantamweight belt.
Nunes took the title at UFC 200 in July, by submitting Rousey’s rival, Miesha Tate, in the opening round. If she can defeat Rousey, then her career is going to rocket to a whole other level.