The UFC President Dana White has revealed the former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will not make history in UFC’s inaugurating event at the Madison Square Garden in New York in November due to a minor knee surgery she went through recently.
White said: “Ronda Rousey, I don’t know, I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year. She actually just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training.”
It was hoped that Rousey would make a comeback in the Octagon ring in pursuit of a title she lost at the hands of Holly Holmes at UFC 193. White believes there is no chance of her return in November and it is more likely she will now return later this year or beginning of 2017. But one he is absolutely certain of is that whenever she will return, she’ll return to challenge for a title.
White added: “If she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, then he would probably fight at the New Years show at the beginning of the year, If Miehsa Tate’s still the champion, she’ll fight Miesha Tate. Whoever has the belt is who Ronda Rousey will fight.”
When asked about the possibility of her facing Holly Holm, White failed to rule out its possibility as well, but said it would only happen as a result of circumstances such as an injury etc.
“Injuries happen in this sport and a fight is made. Somebody falls out and somebody else slides in, I’m not even saying Holly Holm couldn’t be the champion by the time Ronda comes back. So, whoever holds that belt when Ronda’s ready.” White explained