Ronda Rousey has not fought a UFC fight since losing to Holly Holm during her seventh title defense on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193. On December 30, 2016 at UFC 207, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will finally step back in the Octagon for her comeback fight. Not wasting any time, Rousey will immediately be forced in to a pressure situation as she is set to fight the current champ Amanda Nunes. Could this Ronda Rousey comeback be a battle of the ages, or will she crash and burn?
UFC President Dana White has already determined that Rousey’s next fight, should she beat Nunes, will be against Cris Cyborg.
Is the Ronda Rousey Comeback Even Possible?
It is obviously very surprising that Rousey would rush back in to a title fight with no other “warm up” fight beforehand. More than a year removed from her last fight, Rousey is likely to show a little rust against Nunes.
What might be most surprising is the fact that Rousey is actually favored in this fight based on sports book lines in Las Vegas. All the signs point to Dana White and the UFC wanting Rousey to succeed as she brings in a lot of money for the organization, but we may look to lay some money on the defending champion should the public side with Rousey.
Several female fighters are not happy about Rousey’s immediate shot at the title. Julianna Pena is one fighter that has spoken out against the fight with obvious frustration. Pena believes that Rousey never should have been given an opportunity to challenge for the title after she “quit the sport”.
More importantly, her future opponent Nunes knows that this fight will most likely be the biggest one of her career, especially in terms of dollar figures. Nunes also believes that Rousey deserves a shot at the title based on her UFC legacy alone. She also believes that she will defeat Rousey, claiming there is a “200%” chance that she wins this fight.