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.