In a March interview with Sports Illustrated, recently crowned UFC women’s bantamweight queen Miesha Tate expressed a belief that her old rival Ronda Rousey’s mind was no longer on fighting.
Speaking about a Rousey return, “Cupcake” said that she expected any comeback campaign to be brief, just “one or two” fights perhaps.
“One if she loses and two if she wins her comeback,” said Tate. “I just think her mind is elsewhere. Maybe she was already looking to retire”.
According to UFC president Dana White, however, Tate’s assessment is way off.
During a chat with TMZ Sports on Friday, White claimed that Rousey had recovered in every sense from her brutal knockout loss to Holly Holm last November, before adding that she was focused and ready to get back in the mix.
“I just had dinner with her the other night,” said Dana. “She’s in a great place mentally, physically, emotionally. Every way you can be good, she’s good”.
“She’s ready again. She’s ready to fight”.
Regarding a date for her return to the octagon, White stated “November or December”.
The suggested timing of the “Rowdy” ex-champ’s return is hardly a surprising one, as the UFC is expected to host it’s New York debut event sometime in late 2016.