Ronda Rousey Returns To UFC Following Knockout Loss to Holly Holm

Published on October 13th, 2016 6:37 pm EST

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UFC President Dana White made it official earlier in the week - former Women's Bantamweight champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey will be returning to the Octagon at UFC 207 in December.

As expected, Rousey will be getting an immediate title shot, as she will be battling Amanda Nunes for the title. Nunes won the title after defeating Miesha Tate at UFC 200 and will be looking to make her first successful title defense against Rousey at UFC 207.


The UFC 207 event poster - Nunes vs. Rousey - First edition.


This will be Rousey's first appearance in the Octagon since she was knocked out by Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193 in Australia. Rousey has largely stayed out of the spotlight since her loss, which led some to speculate that she could be looking at retirement.

Dana White, however, put those fears to rest when he revealed that Rousey would be returning on December 30th. White has long stated that Rousey is the promotion's biggest star, so the new owners of the promotion will surely be happy to have their biggest star returning to the fold.

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Rousey's first opponent back after her loss to Holm, Amanda Nunes, is certainly going to be a tough out for Rousey. Nunes is tough, strong and possesses a complete game that is hard to beat. Rousey showed significant holes in her striking game in her loss to Holly Holm, so she will surely be looking to clinch early with Nunes and take her opponent to the ground, which is where Rousey has made her living since turning pro.

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The biggest question heading into this fight revolves around Rousey's mental make-up - did Holm break the former champion, or will Rousey return to dominate the Bantamweight division once again?

This is a compelling fight for many reasons - it seems to me that Rousey's career as a mixed martial artist may very well be on the line in this fight, as it seems hard to imagine that she would be able to mentally recover if she happens to lose for a second straight time.


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