The MMA (Mixed – Martial – Arts) world is yet to see the return of the former UFC women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. With speculation of her being in doubt for a 2016 return; it seems she is near 100%.
Ronda Rousey has given her fans glimpses of being ready for the octagon, looking in fighting shape and featured in training videos. As for how soon her return, Dana White has ruled out Rousey fighting on the UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden, which leaves UFC 206 and 207 to host her grand comeback to the octagon.
Ronda Rousey was last seen in November of 2015 where she was defeated by Holly Holm with the kick “heard around the world”. The woman we thought was unbeatable and in a world of her own was no such thing anymore, and ultimately the post-fight depression led to her UFC hiatus. Since then, Rousey has managed to overcome these obstacles and is ready to fight again.
If you think Rousey’s comeback to the octagon is going to be a breeze then you’re mistaken. Since her departure, the women’s Bantamweight division went through a drastic change of rankings, title holders and now holds a long list of perennial fighters who are no slouches to the fight game. To date, the belt has been held by three different fighters excluding Ronda, and now held by Amanda Nunes whom has become a popular target for rising contenders.
You could complain or banter that the Women’s Bantamweight division has been under a state of flux but believe it or not it’s for the better. Compared to before where the women were defeated in less than a minute, the division has had time to grow and set up new talent, now crowding the high seeding.
Dana White has said that Ronda Rousey’s return will be bigger than any UFC Pay-Per-View card ever and granted her return she will receive an imminent title shot against the current title holder (Amanda Nunes). Potential fighters to take on Rousey could be Julianna Pena – Valentina Shevchenko – Raquel Pennington.
UFC 206 Toronto seems to be the primary target for Ronda Rousey and I think most Torontonians aren’t too fond of a Toronto card jam-packed with Canadians fighters, with all due respect to “Rush”.
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