Earlier this week, Dana White ruled out Ronda Rousey’s return at the highly anticipated UFC 205 card which is due to be held at Madison Square Garden, New York.
It has been promised that UFC 205 will be a HUGE card, which led many to suspect Ronda would be a part of it.
But despite this, there’s still a chance she will return in December. And if she does, it could very well be a record-breaking card for the UFC.
Speaking to Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” on Thursday, UFC President Dana White was asked whether he expected Ronda Rousey’s return fight to be bigger than the Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz. White’s response was a firm “yes”.
“I think Ronda Rousey’s return will be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done.” he said.
If Rousey does not return to the Octagon before the year rounds out, it will be the first year of her career where she has not fought once. Her last fight of course, was back in November 2015, where she was defeated by Holly Holm to lose her UFC bantamweight title.
Fox Sports has reported that their sources have confirmed Rousey is currently in discussions with the UFC about a return, with a potential date before the end of the year. With November ruled out, that leaves the December 30 card at T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas.
But although discussions are on going, no agreement has been made between Rousey or the UFC yet.
White also mentioned that Ronda is still recovering from some surgery, which is still healing.
“Ronda had a bunch of minor surgeries and they’re healing up and when they are, I’m assuming she’s going to fight,” White said.
Having had two massive cards this year in UFC 196 and UFC 202, it’s fair to say that 2016 will be remember in the MMA world for the Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz rivalry. It’s hard to imagine that could be topped, however Rousey’s return would surely be a big one.
What do you think? Is Rousey’s return a bigger deal than McGregor vs Diaz?