Ronda Rousey will be off of a year-long layoff from the MMA when she returns to action against UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on December 30 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being out of action for a year is the equivalent of a lifetime, as it’s not a good thing to stay out of the sport for a year when yur at the top of the game.
Your competitors get better, and your MMA skills erode, Rouse wanted the challenge of going after Nunes, because she possesses her old UFC bantamweight title. Besides, Nunes beat Miesha Tate last July. Tate defeated Holly Holm this year. This is the same Holm who stopped Rousey in two rounds last November at UFC 193. If Rousey can beat Nunes, it would be almost be like she’s avenged her loss to Holm, as Nunes sits at the top of the chain of fighters.
There’s a very good chance that Rousey won’t be mentally or physically the fighter that she was previously. The loss to Holm was a bad one for Rousey, and her leaving the sport for a year isn’t going to help her MMA skills.
UFC president Dana White says he was never in doubt that Rousey would return to the MMA to continue her career in competing in his UFC organization. White says that Rousey needed to take care of some problems. and she was slowed by injury issue kept her from returning.
White said to Fox Sports Live this about Rousey and her career with the UFC:
“I knew she was going to return. The thing is with Ronda, she worked so hard for three years for us non-stop, doing our stuff, her stuff, and she wanted some time off. If anybody deserved time off it was her. We probably started talking about her coming back four months ago and that’s it. She had a few nagging injuries, elbows, knees, and she went and got them cleaned out and recovered fast.”
Rousey might be back now, but if he loses to Nunes, which is a very real possibility, we could see her disappear again and perhaps for good. However, White might be able to lure Rousey back with a big money offer, especially one for a mega-fight against Cris “Cyborg” Justino. That’s the fight that the MMA fans are demanding. White is letting the momentum build in marinating the fight. It’s likely that he’ll wind up spoiling it by waiting too long before he puts these two stars in together. That would be unfortunate, but also predictable. After all, White isn’t eager to put UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor back in with Nate Diaz for a third fight between them despite the fact that their two previous fights brought in over 1 million pay-per-view buys. With that kind of interest in a fight, why wouldn’t you make a third fight.
The results of their two previous matches has the MMA fans screaming for a third fight. I think White doesn’t want to make fights when the fans want them. I think he wants the fights to build to the point where there’s so much demand that the fans will purchase the fights in big numbers. The problem with that is if you wait too long, then you lose fans. I suspect that’s what’s going to happen with the Rousey vs. Cyborg fight.