The return of Ronda Rousey has suffered a minor set back. According to UFC president Dana White, Rousey will be out of action until December and will mostly likely remain out until 2017. White appeared on ESPN’s Sportscenter and stated that Rousey underwent a minor knee procedure.
“She just had surgery on her knee yesterday. Nothing serious, just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit”, White told ESPN.
Rousey has been out of action since suffering a knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 back in November of 2015. It was the first loss of Rousey’s career and since the event the UFC superstar has kept a low profile only appearing a few talk shows here and there.
White had stated in the past that he had hoped for Rousey to return in time for the UFC’s debut in New York this November but that seems to now be off the table, “I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year…If she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, then he would probably fight at the New Years show at the beginning of the year.”
The UFC and Dana White have been adamant that upon her return Rousey will fight for the bantamweight championship. The UFC had plans of doing an immediate rematch between her and Holm but those got thrown out the window when Holm was defeated by Miesha Tate at UFC 196.
Despite Holm losing the title, Rousey has been guaranteed a title shot upon her return according to White, “If Miehsa Tate’s still the champion, she’ll fight Miesha Tate. Whoever has the belt is who Ronda Rousey will fight.”