Ronda Rousey could make her much awaited comeback this year but not at UFC 205. If recent reports are to be believed, Rousey will collide with Amanda Nunes later this year.
Fox Sports reported that Ronda Rousey and her camp are talking to UFC about the former women’s bantamweight champion’s comeback fight. If the negotiation goes well, fans might see Rousey fighting on Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nunes is on top of the list of Rousey’s possible opponent for her return. Nunes currently holds the UFC women’s bantamweight crown, which she won via a first-round submission win over Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July.
The 28-year-old Brazilian champion will likely make her first title defense at UFC 205 in November at Madison Square Garden. It will be the first fight card in New York since MMA was legalized in the state. However, she might be forced to delay her next fight if Rousey secures the Dec. 30 fight date from UFC.
Ronda Rousey Comeback Fight Will Be Bigger Than Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz
The two showdowns between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are considered as the top fights in terms of pay-per-view buys. However, UFC president Dana White thinks the record will be eclipsed soon.
The first fight between McGregor and Diaz at UFC 196 recorded 1.5 million pay-per-view buys. Their rematch at UFC 202 is also expected to have more than a million buys once all numbers are counted.
However, White thinks that Rousey’s comeback fight will be bigger than the McGregor-Diaz bouts. “I think that Ronda Rousey’s return will be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done,” he said via Yahoo Sports.
White said that fans are now more eager to see Rousey after her invincibility cloak was broken. She has not fought since taking her first loss — a second-round knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November last year.