Ronda Rousey (12-1) will be making her return to the Octagon at the end of the year, as she fights Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 main event on December 30th, with Rousey looking to recapture her women’s bantamweight title that she lost a year ago.
Following her KO defeat to Holly Holm, there was much speculation over Rousey’s future in the sport, and whether or not she would ever compete again, and instead focus fully on her film and television career in Hollywood. We know that Rousey is going to fight again, but as she revealed on Ellen, the end of her fighting career is nearing.
“I’m wrapping it up,” Rousey said. “This is definitely one of my last fights. So everyone better watch. The show isn’t going to be around forever.”
Rousey made her pro MMA debut in 2011 and quickly became one of the most dominant champions in the sport. After winning and then defending her Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title, the UFC signed Rousey in 2012 and made her the inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight champion. She headlined UFC 157 in 2013, submitting Liz Carmouche by armbar towards the end of the 1st round. Rousey would make five more successful defenses of her belt, and her status as a mainstream superstar was firmly established in 2015, with her remarkably quick wins over Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia drawing an estimated 600,000 and 900,000 buys, respectively. The Holm loss at UFC 193 took place in front of a record-setting 56,214 in Melbourne, Australia, and was Rousey’s first 1+ million PPV as a headliner.
You can watch Rousey’s interview with Ellen DeGeneres at the top of the page.