Ronda Rousey Has Knee Surgery, Not Due Back Until December

Ronda Rousey

Nearly seven months after suffering a shocking knockout to Holly Holm, there's still no definitive date for Ronda Rousey's return.

UFC president Dana White has said that she'll likely return in November, but it appears the target is now for late in the year or next. On Wednesday (June 1), Rousey underwent a minor procedure on her knee, which pushes her return out to, at least, December.

During an interview on SportsCenter, White revealed the news. "I'm hoping we're going to get Ronda back this year," he said. "She just had surgery yesterday on her knee -- nothing serious, just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit.

"She feels great. Her spirits are great. She's been training. If she fights, I'm hoping she fights December. If not, she would probably fight at the New Year's show at beginning of [next] year."

Rousey hasn't fought since losing to Holm, via second-round knockout at UFC 193 last November. But, when she does return, White says she's expected to fight for the title immediately, which is currently held by Miesha Tate, who defeated Holm via fifth-round submission at UFC 196 in March. However, Tate -- who has two losses to Rousey -- will fight Amanda Nunes on July 9.

"If Miesha Tate is the champion, [Rousey] will fight Miesha Tate," White said. "Whoever has the belt is who Ronda Rousey will fight.

"You never know. Injuries happen in this sport. A fight is made and somebody falls out, somebody else slides in. I'm not even saying Holly Holm can't be champion by the time Ronda comes back."

Holm is scheduled to fight Valentina Shevchenko on July 23.