Ronda Rousey Eyeing December Return to Octagon

By Staff  |  09/22/2016

Ronda Rousey

It's been nearly a year since Ronda Rousey suffered an upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, but word is, she's preparing for a return this December.

While nothing's confirmed, UFC president Dana White recently hinted at the UFC star's return, telling Brazilian newspaper O Globo there's a "great chance" she would return to the Octagon by the end of the year.

White previously ruled out the Nov. 12 card for UFC 205 in New York, which leaves UFC 206 on Dec. 10 or UFC 207 on Dec. 30 open.

Rousey's trainer Edmond Tarverdyan tells ESPN that a fight with reigning UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been discussed for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but a decision has not been made yet, following a minor knee surgery this summer.

Tarverdyan also confirmed that Rousey has been training over the past month in preparation for a comeback, but did not promise that it would be before the end of the year.

"There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven't made a final decision yet," he said. "There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient.

"When she does come back, we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has ever seen. "