The highly-anticipated Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm rematch was penciled in for July’s UFC 200 PPV. However, Rousey has insisted that she is not ready to return to the octagon.
Dana White, the UFC president, confirmed the development Tuesday. Rousey, set to star the remake of “Roadhouse,” reportedly needs a lengthier break since the start of filming has been delayed.
“The filming of the movie got pushed back,” White was quoted as saying by Yahoo Sports. “She (Rousey) could do both, but the question is, should she? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a timeframe where she’d finish before UFC 200 in July, but it would be cutting it too close.”
Rousey’s undefeated streak was broken by Holm at UFC 193 on November 14. Ever since that historic bout, the impending rematch has been repeatedly delayed due to Rousey’s prior commitments, not to mention her 180-day medical suspension.
Holm will defend her UFC bantamweight championship against Miesha Tate at UFC 197, scheduled for March 5. According to White, Rousey would still get her rematch against Holm regardless of who prevails in the Holm-Tate bout.
No timetable for return
Is Ronda Rousey’s MMA career over? If her film career continues to skyrocket, who knows what the future has in store? Rousey has appeared in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and “Entourage” in recent years. She is set to host “Saturday Night Live” alongside Selena Gomez on January 23.
There are millions of dollars at stake. However, White has been cooperative with Rousey. According to White, there is no set date for Ronda Rousey’s anticipated return to the octagon. “The way I look at this one is, Ronda has worked her a** off for us for the last three years,” the promoter said.
“She’s (Rousey) been fighting, promoting and building the sport. If anyone deserves the time off, it’s her. The night (of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia) Holly said she’d do the rematch and that Ronda deserved it and everything else. So we were holding it for her if she wanted to do it.”
White further praised Rousey’s contribution to the sport of mixed martial arts. “What that woman has done is above and beyond what anyone has done. I mean, it’s just unbelievable what she’s done in the last three years. Anything we needed, she didn’t say no to anything; said no to nothing. She even took over responsibilities somebody else was supposed to have. So when she tells me she wants more time, you know what? She’s got it.”
So will Ronda Rousey return to the octagon?