The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s highly-anticipated New York debut will have to go forward without Ronda Rousey.
That’s according to UFC President Dana White, who closed the door on any possibility of the former women’s bantamweight queen competing at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said on the UFC “Unfiltered” podcast. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.
Rousey has been mostly off the radar since her second-round knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne this past November. The end of the year was initially the target for her return, but now it appears more likely that Rousey won’t fight until early 2017 at the earliest.
“Nothing yet,” White said in regards to any official update regarding Rousey’s comeback.
The Los Angeles Times recently spoke to Rousey outside of her gym, the Glendale Fighting Club, but the Olympic judoka refused to answer any questions regarding her return. However, according to the report, Rousey will train through the end of the month and make a decision on when she will fight again.