There is an outside chance that ex-bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon before the end of 2016.
According to Fox Sports, Rousey has been offered a title fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 (online sportsbooks) on Dec. 30, but negotiations are still in progress. Nunes recently posted on her Instagram account that she has “fight news coming soon.”
Meanwhile, trainer Edmond Tarverdyan confirmed to ESPN.com that Rousey could return by the end of the year, but that it was also possible that the Olympic judoka won’t compete until 2017.
“There have been talks about her coming back [Dec. 30], but we haven't made a final decision yet. There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet,” Tarverdyan said. “If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient. When she does come back, we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has ever seen.”
Rousey hasn’t fought since UFC 193 last November, when she lost her 135-pound title to Holly Holm via second-round knockout in Melbourne. The belt has since changed hands twice, as Miesha Tate submitted Holm in the fifth round at UFC 196 before dropping the title to Nunes in a first-round submission defeat at UFC 200.