Dana White says Ronda Rousey underwent minor surgery, won’t return until December or January at earliest

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Ronda Rousey (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today Sports)

Ronda Rousey may miss the entirety of the UFC’s 2016 schedule, with UFC President Dana White telling ESPN on Thursday that the former Women’s Bantamweight Champion underwent minor knee surgery this week.

According to White, Rousey’s now no longer an option for their Madison Square Garden debut in November, and will instead return – at the earliest – by December or New Year’s 2017.

Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm last November in Australia at UFC 193, her first ever loss in the sport. She was originally targeted to return at UFC 200 in July before November turned into the targeted date.

Penick’s Analysis: Well, this will only further the cause of those speculating that Rousey won’t actually return. Now, White claimed Rousey continues to train and that this was just a minor surgery, but every delay makes it seem like there’s every possibility she doesn’t come back. What this does mean is we’re now more likely to see another Women’s Bantamweight Title bout in the fall, and it’s possible if she does indeed come back then that it wouldn’t be for that title. It’s all up in the air until firm plans fall into place.

[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]

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