From the moment Ronda Rousey got over the shock of losing her UFC title to Holly Holm, she vowed she was going to get it back and return to The Octagon. It may have taken her a while to regain her confidence and build up her stamina, speed, and strength, but, after months of training, Rousey is ready to jump back in the ring. While Ronda was busy building up her strength, UFC President Dana White has been building up excitement for Ronda’s long-awaited return.
Dana White Is Ronda Rousey’s Biggest Supporter
In retrospect, losing to Holly Holm may be the best thing to have happened to Rousey because it showed she was vulnerable, and it gave UFC fans the one thing they love: an underdog. Among those fans is Dana White, the UFC boss himself, and, as Yahoo Sports reveals, White can’t wait for Rousey to be back in the ring.
“I think that Ronda Rousey’s return will be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done,” White said.
White adds that he predicts big returns on Ronda’s return. He expects Rousey’s first fight to topple UFC pay-per-view records set by McGregor, the current crown holder. McGregor’s UFC 196 fight against Nate Diaz brought in 1.5 million PPV buys, so the boast that Rousey will be the biggest draw ever is no small claim.
Ronda previously enjoyed a long string of victories and ultimately became a huge draw, as she gathered a massive following for essentially becoming the undefeatable UFC champ. Until her loss to Holm, it seemed as though she would retire as the UFC champion. The big draw of female fighters like Rousey was initially a shock to White and he still expresses surprise by the attraction that women fighters draw.
“If you had told me 15 years ago that women would be fighting in the UFC – and if you told me that women would be as technically sound as the men and the fights would be loved by millions of people all over the world and it’d be the hottest thing going on in the UFC – I would have never believed it,” White said.
When Will Ronda Rousey Make Her Big Debut?
While Dana White may have hoped for Rousey’s return to happen before the end of the year, New York Post reveals that dream is definitely out of the question. While Ronda herself isn’t saying much, discussions with White have revealed that Rousey is currently recovering from minor surgeries. The UFC president adds that he’s hopeful to see her return after she has healed.
It might have been expected that Rousey would need extensive time to recover, considering the fact that the beating she took from Holly Holm landed her in the hospital and, adding to that, she was immediately assessed a six-month medical suspension by the UFC. Even with the suspension, Ronda would have been eligible to take on Holm at UFC 200 this July, and many wondered why that rematch never materialized until it was revealed that she had just undergone minor knee surgery.
Ronda may require additional training to strengthen her knee, after it has fully healed and she’s been given a clean bill of health. For that reason, it seems unlikely to see Rousey return to The Octagon before 2017.
While Rousey hasn’t yet made the commitment to step back in The Octagon, she hasn’t been sitting idle either. She’s been struggling her way through grueling training schedules, and she also took the time to star in a remake of the Patrick Swayze fueled Road House. Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the Road House reboot casts Ronda in Swayze’s role.
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