Ronda Rousey’s Planned Knee Surgery, 9 Stitches Derail Tentative Plans for UFC 176

By C.J. Tuttle Jul 5, 2014
Dana White is not looking for Ronda Rousey to make a quick turnaround. | File photo: Dave Mandel/

Ronda Rousey’s 16-second knockout victory against Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on Saturday piqued the interest of someone in the UFC’s production truck.

During the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ceremonial post-fight interview, the women’s bantamweight champion was asked by color commentator Joe Rogan if she would be interested in making a three-week turnaround in order to headline UFC 176, which takes place in Los Angeles, on Aug. 2.

At the time, Rousey explained she already had minor knee surgery scheduled, but would evaluate her options and make a more informed decision later. But, at the conclusion of the pay-per-view, it was revealed that “Rowdy” had suffered an injury to her right index finger that required nine stitches, thus making her possible inclusion at UFC 176 seem far-fetched.

At the post-fight press conference, Rousey described what she has on her plate in the near future.

“I developed a cyst under my knuckle,” Rousey explained. “I kept dismissing it, and I ripped it open on the first overhand right.”

The Olympian went on to add that the aforementioned knee surgery is “more maintenance” than anything and ultimately is a procedure she will walk away from.

UFC President Dana White, who was visibly displeased when the question was asked of Rousey, said that while he was not upset with Rogan, he was mad at the staff. White went on to describe the question as the “biggest idiotic move in the history of our production team.”

The scenario of Rousey filling in on short notice comes on the heels of UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo withdrawing from his fight against Chad Mendes due to injury. White said that he did not even want to think about UFC 176 yet, adding, “I don’t give a s--- about what’s going on with that fight, I will probably get headaches dealing with that on Monday.”


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