Ronda Rousey is not retiring, as multiples reports suggested that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion will likely return to action before the year ends.
Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s trainer, said in an interview with ESPN that they have sat down with UFC officials about Rousey’s future. The trainer confirmed that the mixed martial arts superstar could fight for the title this year.
“There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven’t made a final decision yet,” Tarverdyan said. “There’s a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet.”
Based on Tarverdyan’s statement, Rousey could make her much-awaited comeback at UFC 207 on December 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. And if it will be for a title, it means that Rousey will likely collide with reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Fox Sports added that UFC indeed offered Rousey a title shot against Nunes in their final fight card for this year. Nunes, who won the title via first-round submission win over Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July, has also made it no secret that she wants a showdown with Rousey.
“That’s the fight that makes sense because Ronda was one of the best fighters of all times, and I’m the champion,” Nunes told MMA Fighting, when asked about facing Rousey. “I also made history for my country.”
Rousey, who boasts a 12-1 record, has not fought since absorbing a second-round knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November last year. The 29-year-old did not take the loss very well, with previous reports saying that Rousey was too depressed and even considered committing suicide.
There were also reports suggesting that Rousey will just retire. Fans are also questioning if she can still compete at a high level, but Tarverdyan insisted that fans will even see a better Ronda Rousey once she returns to action.
“We want to thank all our fans for being patient,” Tarverdyan said. “When she does come back, we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has ever seen.”