Ronda Rousey Not Coming Back For UFC 200, As Planned

By Staff  |  01/13/2016

Ronda Rousey

Fans awaiting former UFC women's champ Ronda Rousey will have to wait longer than expected... because she will not fight at UFC 200 as planned.

UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports this week that Rousey has requested extensive time off, following her devastating knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November.

However, the 28-year-old MMA star did say before the loss that she would take a break in 2016, though she was expected to return at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.

White says a delay in the filming of a remake of Roadhouse, in which Rousey has been cast, coupled with the loss to Holm has suspended her return indefinitely.

Still, she's still expected to fight sometime this year. It's just unclear when at this point.

"The filming of the movie got pushed back," White said. "She could do both, but the question is, should she do both? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she'd finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close."

Holm (10-0) is already slated to defend her title for the first time at UFC 197 on March 5 against Miesha Tate. She will co-headline the card, alongside Conor McGregor, who will take on Rafael dos Anjos.

"It's just unbelievable what she's done in the last three years," White told Yahoo. "Anything we needed, she didn't say no to anything. Said no to nothing. She even took over responsibilities somebody else was supposed to have.

"So when she tells me she wants more time, you know what? She's got it."