It appears a timeline for Ronda Rousey’s return to the UFC is beginning to come together, with the former women’s bantamweight champion likely coming back just before the end of the year.
Rousey originally was expected to face Holly Holm in a rematch at UFC 200 after she fell to the former champion boxer by knockout this past November at UFC 193.
Rousey’s filming schedule for a couple of upcoming projects, including the "Road House" remake, necessitated some additional time off, but according to UFC president Dana White she should be ready to return in November while facing the winner of the upcoming fight between Holm and Miesha Tate.
"The winner of that fight will fight Ronda probably in November," White revealed Wednesday on "The Neighborhood" radio show.
White stated earlier in the day in a separate interview that he believed a Rousey vs. Holm rematch could be the biggest fight in UFC history, but they won’t know if that fight will happen next until Holm faces Tate on March 5 in the co-main event of UFC 196, with Conor McGregor taking on Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.
Either Holm or Tate likely will then move on to face Rousey, though Tate has lost to Rousey twice and was passed over in favor of Holm for the fight last November.
While Rousey hasn’t confirmed her return, White promises that the former champion is just itching to get back in action to wash the bad taste of defeat out of her mouth. It was the first time Rousey suffered defeat in her MMA career when she was brutally knocked out by Holm with a head kick in the second round.
As tough as it was for Rousey to handle that loss, White says she definitely hasn’t lost her edge and as soon as she clears her schedule, she’ll be back in the UFC.
"She’s very intense. She’s a bad-ass," White said about Rousey. "She’ll be back."