Ronda Rousey has not fought in the UFC since she lost her bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November. On Dec. 30, Rousey will not only make her comeback in the UFC octagon, but the BBC reported that the Ronda Rousey UFC comeback match against Amanda Nunes would be the main event of the UFC 207 pay-per-view.
This proves that despite being away from the octagon for over a year at the time of the upcoming fight, Dana White and the UFC still sees Ronda Rousey as a main event ticket selling superstar. The UFC 193 pay-per-view fight in which Ronda Rousey lost her title was the main event, and Holm’s title defense was also the main event.
Since Ronda Rousey lost her title, the women of the UFC seemed to remain strong. The fight in which Amanda Nunes beat Miesha Tate headlined UFC 200, one of the biggest events in UFC history. That was despite an undercard that featured Brock Lesnar’s UFC return and a light heavyweight match between Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva.
However, the women’s title has suffered somewhat since Ronda Rousey dropped it. Ronda Rousey UFC comeback match for the bantamweight title will be a huge selling show and might be the most anticipated women’s match in UFC history.
Ronda Rousey was the first ever women’s bantamweight champion when she arrived from Strikeforce and held the title for 1,074 days with six successful title defenses. However, Holly Holm beat Rousey at UFC 193, but she lost it in her first title defense against Meisha Tate at UFC 196, and then Tate lost it to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Ronda Rousey is still the only woman to successfully defend the title.
The Ronda Rousey UFC comeback match will possibly make her the most dominant woman in UFC history. She is tied with Amanda Nunes for UFC fight wins with six and her seven fights ties her with Meisha Tate. If Rousey beats Nunes, she will pass both women as the top in the two categories.
Despite her dominance in the UFC octagon and a successful career outside the ring in movies and other endeavors, the loss to Holly Holm really hit Rousey hard. Ronda actually told Ellen DeGeneres that she momentarily contemplated suicide after her loss, saying there was nothing she could do if she couldn’t fight anymore.
She then said that she realized that she had much more in her life than just in-ring competition. Her year off from the UFC probably was much-needed for the biggest female name in UFC history. But now, it is time for the Ronda Rousey UFC comeback to inject the division with something it lost when she fell to Holly Holm.
The Ronda Rousey UFC comeback will now main event UFC 207 on Dec. 30 from Las Vegas. There were a lot of people who wanted to see Ronda Rousey fight Cris “Cyborg” Justino, but Rousey deserves this title shot for the belt that she defined.
CBS Sports reported that Dana White said that if Ronda Rousey wins the bantamweight championship from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, she will “definitely” defend the title against Cyborg. After making these comments, White said that there might be something in the way of that fight. Cyborg has never fought below 140 pounds, and the bantamweight limit is 135.
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UFC 207 is headlined by women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defending her title against Ronda Rousey. The fight takes place on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. The only other match currently named is Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia.
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