It seemed like a foregone conclusion that Ronda Rousey would step into the Octagon at UFC 200 in July; the opponent was the only thing truly in question.
Those plans have apparently changed, however, as UFC President Dana White told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that the ex-bantamweight queen was not likely to fight again for the Las Vegas-based promotion until sometime later in 2016.
Hollywood obligations, particularly Rousey’s role in the upcoming Roadhouse remake, will prevent the Olympic judoka from competing at UFC 200 in Las Vegas. When exactly Rousey will return remains unclear.
"The filming of the movie got pushed back," White told Yahoo Sports. "She could do both, but the question is, should she do both? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she'd finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close.”
White said Rousey informed him that she would need more time off, which essentially eliminated her from consideration for a spot on the organization’s bicentennial card. “Rowdy” last competed at UFC 193 this past November, where she suffered a second-round technical knockout loss to Holly Holm.
It was initially expected that Holm would give Rousey an immediate rematch at UFC 200. Instead, Holm will defend her crown against Miesha Tate at UFC 197 in March.
"What that woman has done is above and beyond what anyone has done. I mean, it's just unbelievable what she's done in the last three years,” White said of Rousey. “Anything we needed, she didn't say no to anything; said no to nothing. She even took over responsibilities somebody else was supposed to have. So when she tells me she wants more time, you know what? She's got it."