UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Ronda Rousey is likely to fight for the women’s bantamweight title in New York in November.
Rousey has not stepped foot in the Octagon since she lost her title when she was knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Australia in November last year. It’s a title Holm no longer holds though, with the ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ defeated by Miesha Tate via submission at UFC 196 last month.
It had been suggested that Rousey would now fight Tate for the title, but with the 29-year-old unable to fight until late this year due to filming commitments, Tate will instead defend her title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.
However, White has reiterated that Rousey will be given an opportunity to regain the title she lost to Holm.
“[Rousey] is definitely part of the discussion [to fight on Nov. 12 in New York] and she will fight whoever has that belt,” he told ESPN.
“I think Miesha, she’s fighting at [UFC 200], she might fight again before that. She wants to fight. We’ll see what happens. Miesha has been the No. 2 baddest woman in the world for years. For her to stay active right now, makes sense. What’s cool about that 135-pound division is that everybody is fighting right now. The only one not fighting is Holly.”
White added that should Tate make quick work of Nunes at UFC 200, she is might fight again before going up against Rousey, potentially making a bout with Rousey her fourth fight of the year.
“Miesha, depending on how she fights Nunes — who is very, very tough — if anything crazy happens and she comes out of that fight with a quick win, 100 percent healthy, she could turn around and fight again and then fight Ronda,” he said.