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Rousey returns against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207

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Sources have confirmed with RingTV.com that Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey will return to the Octagon at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 to take on Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.

Rousey (12-1) has not fought since she suffered a stunning knockout loss (via head kick) to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November. Sources from her camp told Ring TV “the former champion has been back in the gym for the last month and is focused on regaining the title she lost 11 months ago.”

People that believe Rousey has laid low and stayed away from the Octagon because she didn’t know how to deal with her loss are completely wrong. They don’t realize that the former champion simply needed a break before coming back to fight for what she lost at UFC 193, something UFC president Dana White confirmed in a recent interview.

“It was never about a psychological problem with Ronda,” White said. “She wanted time off. She said ‘I want to go away and relax.’ This girl worked hard for us for three years, non-stop, fight promotion after fight promotion. She wanted time off and in this sport. I say it all the time, if you even hint, ‘I want to retire or I want time off,’ you need to do it.”



Since her last fight sources tell Ring TV that “Rousey has shot two films (Mile 22 and Road House), gotten a bothersome knee cleaned out and spent a lot of time with friends and family out of the public eye.”

With Rousey out of the picture over the last year, the division which she ruled for three years has been one of constant change.

In an eight-month span, there have been three new UFC woman champions due to Holm getting submitted by Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March only to lose the belt in her first title defense to Nunes at UFC 200 in brutal fashion.

Nunes (13-4) is currently on a four-fight winning streak and has 12 career finishes in 13 wins. If Rousey is able to regain her title at UFC 207, a fight with current Invicta FC featherweight champion and UFC fighter Cris “Cyborg” Justino could be in the works.

Which according too White, has a realistic chance of happening after being nothing but wishful thinking over the last few years.

“Cyborg wants that fight, Ronda wants that fight,” White said. “Ronda’s plan is to come back, win her title back. If that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen.”

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