Heading into UFC 193 last fall, Ronda Rousey planned to pick up yet another win, then return at UFC 200. With her loss to Holly Holm, and several other commitments this spring delaying things, her timetable’s been delayed to the fall.
UFC President Dana White said this week during an appearance on The Neighborhood that he’s expecting Rousey back in November, and that she’ll face the winner of the Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate bout from March’s UFC 196 event.
The year in between fights would be the longest delay of Rousey’s career by far, as she’s fought at least twice per year since making her MMA debut in 2011. Her longest previous layoff was the ten months between her fights in 2013 due to the filming and airing of The Ultimate Fighter 18.
Penick’s Analysis: That’s a reasonable timetable, though it actually leaves time for the UFC to give Holm and/or Tate another summer fight should they want to fight again before Rousey can return. Still, for Rousey, November seems like a good timetable, as it gives her a lengthy amount of time to prep after she finishes her filming commitments this fall.
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If Holm didn’t want to wait 7 months for Rousey before, why would she want to wait 8 months for Rousey again? After she kills Tate she should be put on the UFC 200 card against a sacrificial lamb. They need to make her as big of a star as possible before Rousey’s ready to return.