Word of a ‘huge UFC announcement’ from UFC President Dana White was swirling all day today (Wed., October 12, 2016), and the exec delivered just that.
Speaking during an appearance on FOX Sports 1’s “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd, White revealed that longtime former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would finally be making her long-awaited return to the Octagon to face current champion Amanda Nunes in the main event of December 30’s UFC 207 from Las Vegas:
Rumors of the bout have been circulating for weeks, and MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani said the bout was close to being official late last night. Rousey has been out of action since suffering her first MMA loss to Holly Holm in the main event of last year’s UFC 193.
The onetime dominant queen, who built a superstar persona in Hollywood built on the foundation of her once-thought-to-be-invincible fighting prowess, has also hardly been seen in the public eye since the defeat.
With Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos now having won two UFC bouts over lesser-known competition in Lina Lansberg and Leslie Smith, the brutalizing Brazilian has once again ramped up trash talk directed at “Rowdy,” posting a seething, lengthy response to the UFC’s perceived booking of Nunes vs. Rousey before the fight was even announced.
Stepping right back into a bout with the most dangerous women’s fighter ever, and one that has never competed at her weight class, simply wouldn’t be the smartest career move for Rousey coming in off an already-devastating loss, and she appears to know it. Holm, despite obviously possessing knockout power of her own, can’t hold a candle to Cyborg in that department.
Of course Nunes is far from a slouch in that department, as she battered former champion Miesha Tate, who submitted Holm to win the belt at March’s UFC 196, at July’s UFC 200 to secure the title. For that reason, ‘Cupcake’ thinks Nunes would be a big, big problem for Rousey.