There finally appears to be a tentative date for Ronda Rousey’s Octagon return.
During an appearance on "The Neighborhood” radio show on Wednesday, UFC President Dana White revealed that the former bantamweight queen will likely be ready to compete late in 2016 against the winner of the UFC 196 bout between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate.
“The winner of that fight will fight Ronda probably in November,” White said.
Rousey lost the 135-pound belt to Holm via second-round knockout at UFC 193 in November 2014, so if White’s estimation proves to be correct, the Olympic judoka will have had a layoff of approximately one year by the time she fights again. In the meantime, “Rowdy” has been busy with myriad movie obligations and also hosted “Saturday Night Live” on Jan. 23.
Meanwhile, Holm-Tate is booked as the co-main event of UFC 196, which takes place on March 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Before Rousey asked for extended time off, it was expected that Holm would rematch the Glendale Fighting Club standout at UFC 200 in July.
Tate has faced Rousey twice, falling via armbar in the first round under the Strikeforce banner and again in the third frame at UFC 168.
While Rousey’s return date is far from official, White once again affirmed that he expects the promotion’s most recognizable face to be back at some point. The UFC has not yet announced its schedule for November.
“She’s very intense. She’s a badass,” he said. “She’ll be back.”