The NYC won’t be seeing Ronda Rousey (pictured) when the UFC makes its long awaited return to New York.
On the latest edition of “UFC Unfiltered,” UFC president Dana White said the company’s golden girl won’t be performing at UFC 205 inside the famed Madison Square Garden, as the rumor mill had suggested.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”
Rousey has been radio silent since getting annihilated by Holly Holm last November at UFC 193. The humbling defeat not only cost the “Rowdy” one her bantamweight belt, but also her aura of invincibility.
There were grumbling that Rousey would leave MMA in her rear-view mirror and head straight for Hollywood after getting embarrassed by Holm, but White was adamant that arguably his biggest mainstream superstar would come back to the cage. There was chatter she would headline UFC 200 against then-bantamweight champ Miesha Tate, but that trilogy never came to fruition.
Last week, White said he still believes Rousey will return to the cage, but recently underwent some minor surgeries that could postpone her comeback until late 2016.
The UFC has two pay-per-view shows scheduled in December. UFC 206 goes down December 10 in Toronto and UFC 207 is scheduled for December 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. If Rousey were to fight before year’s end, the UFC’s traditionally epic New Year’s Eve weekend card would make the most sense.
The bantamweight crown has changed hands twice since Rousey last had it wrapped around her waist, with Amanda Nunes currently sitting atop the throne, so Rousey will be returning to a different landscape when she steps back into the cage.
No word on who White is angling to headline their NYC show, though countless stars have thrown their names in the hat to perform in the world’s largest media market.