Ronda Rousey Isn’t Making Her UFC Comeback Any Time Soon

Ronda Rousey hasn’t entered a UFC octagon since Holly Holm crushed her at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015. And it’s not going to happen any time soon according to Dana White. On the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast this week, White said that Rousey will not be on the card for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Via ESPN:

“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”

Dozens of UFC-rostered athletes have publicly requested to fight on Nov. 12. The pay-per-view event will mark the UFC’s first trip to New York since a ban on professional mixed martial arts was lifted earlier this year. The ban had been in place since 1997.

In June, White told SportsCenter that Rousey, 29, had recently underwent a minor procedure on her knee and he was “hoping” she’d fight by the end of the year.

The UFC has two pay-per-view events scheduled in December. UFC 206 will take place on Dec. 10 in Toronto. UFC 207 is scheduled for Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

I get the “return when you’re ready” mentality. But still — a year of lickin’ those wounds, eh? That’s bad for the brand. Gotta put yourself out there if you still want to be in the conversation of great female UFC fighters. A tiger doesn’t sleep over the opinion of sheep.

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