What most UFC fight fans didn’t know before ex-champ Ronda Rousey made this decision is she was medically suspended from fighting for 180 days after UFC 193, but would be eligible to return for what was expected to be a megafight against Holm at UFC 200 this July.
But after her latest announcement who knows when she’s going to be back?
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) January 13, 2016
Dana White, UFC President, who has maintained that Rousey is under no pressure to return to the sport quickly, told Yahoo! Sports that Rousey asked for more time off, and that her movie schedule (Rousey is starring in a remake of Road House directed by Nick Cassavetes) would have made it extremely difficult to be ready for a fight at UFC 200.
“The filming of the movie got pushed back. She could do both, but the question is, should she do both? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she’d finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close.”
UFC made the Holly Holm-Miesha Tate fight at UFC 197 official Monday, which will take place March 5th. With Rousey now out of the mix, Holm could potentially fight another opponent at UFC 200, or wait for whenever Rousey is ready — but Tate could throw a wrench into White’s future plans by winning at UFC 197.
— Matt Farmer (@mattfarmer93) January 13, 2016
— Alex Larsen (@Lar_Says) January 13, 2016
Agree or Disagree Ronda Rousey sitting out UFC 200 is a huge mistake for her career.
— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) January 13, 2016
I’ve it said all along, no way Rousey would be ready for UFC 200. Not after that beating, recovery time, prior obligations, and preparation. No way to get all that done and be truly ready to fight Holm again. It would be an insult to the champ to come back that quick and demand a rematch. Rousey underestimated her once, seems like she learned her lesson.
So maybe she comes back, maybe she doesn’t. If she still has the desire a year from now I’m sure the rematch will be there. But she said herself she wanted to retire from MMA after 30 so it’s not a very big window of opportunity left.
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