Ronda Rousey Makes Return Against Reigning Champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 12, 2016


After plenty of rumors and speculation, Ronda Rousey’s UFC return is finally a reality.

UFC President Dana White announced during “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday that Rousey will challenge reigning 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 headliner on Dec. 30. UFC 207 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. Nunes vs. Rousey is the first bout announced for the event.

Rousey hasn’t competed since losing the bantamweight crown to Holly Holm via second-round knockout at UFC 193 in Melbourne last November. The Olympic judoka has been largely off the radar since then, but late 2016 was long ago mentioned as a target date for her comeback. Prior to facing Holm, Rousey won her first 12 professional appearancse, with all but one of those triumphs coming inside of a round. She owns triumphs over the likes of Miesha Tate (twice), Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis, Liz Carmouche and Sarah Kaufman, to name a few.

Nunes, 28, captured 135-pound gold with a dominant first-round submission victory against Tate at UFC 200. The Brazilian known as “Lioness” has won four straight in the Octagon, including victories over Valentina Shevchenko, Sara McMann and Shayna Baszler.

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