A new report suggests that UFC superstar Ronda Rousey could return to the Octagon at the end of the year, though nothing is set in stone at this point.
According to foxsports.com, the UFC have offered Rousey a bantamweight title fight against current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30th in Las Vegas.
However, at this stage negotiations are still ongoing and it remains possible that the former champion may delay her comeback until 2017.
“There have been talks about her coming back [Dec. 30], but we haven’t made a final decision yet,” Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan confirmed on Sherdog.com. “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.”
Dana White has also added fuel to the fire, by telling the Globo site in Brazil earlier this week that he’s “very confident” that Rousey will be back in the Octagon by the end of 2016.
“Yes, there’s a big chance that Ronda Rousey will fight Amanda Nunes and I’m very confident that Ronda will probably fight before the end of the year,” White stated.
if Rousey does return in December it will be over a year since her last fight, a devastating KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Australia.
That was the first time ‘Rowdy’ had tasted defeat as an MMA fighter, having gone a perfect 12-0 prior to that as she steamrollered over the top of everyone else in her path.
As for Nunes, she defeated Miesha Tate with a first round submission in the main event of UFC 200 in July to claim the title.
That marked the Brazilian’s fourth victory in a row, and now leaves her poised for a big payday if the fight with Rousey does materialize.