Colin Cowherd, host of Fox Sports 1 show ‘The Herd’, promised MMA fans a “major announcement” from UFC president Dana White on Wednesday and that’s exactly what was delivered.
“Ronda Rousey is back,” said White, before going on to confirm that the “Rowdy” Pay-per-view star will face Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on December 30th.
— FS1 (@FS1) October 12, 2016
Rousey lost that very title last November in Melbourne, Australia, when she was viciously knocked out by former boxing world champion Holly Holm, and she hasn’t fought since. In the interim, there has been endless talk about when she might return and against whom. As time passed, some even began to wonder if Rousey would actually step into the cage ever again.
However, in recent days, reports were suggesting that a bout between the 29-year-old judoka and Nunes was close to being finalized.
A nug before I sign off for Yom Kippur: looking more + more like Rousey's return will be finalized this wk. Perhaps v. soon. 12/30 x Nunes.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 11, 2016
Now it’s official.
Nunes won the title in July at UFC 200, when she destroyed Rousey’s old rival Miesha Tate inside one round. This will be the Brazilian’s first defence of the belt. The 28-year-old titleholder is currently riding a four-fight winning-streak and she has won six of her seven fights under the UFC banner. Her only loss since joining the promotion came via third-round TKO to Cat Zingano in September of 2014.