After a year dominated by Conor McGregor, the UFC will turn to a familiar superstar to close out 2016. Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) will finally return to action December 30 to challenge champ Amanda Nunes for her crown.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement Wednesday on Fox Sports 1’s “The Herd.”
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.
The once-“World’s Most Dominant Athlete” admitted to being deeply depressed about the defeat, locking herself in her home for weeks on end.
There were grumblings that Rousey would leave MMA in her rear-view mirror and head straight for Hollywood after getting embarrassed by Holm, but White has been adamant that arguably his biggest mainstream superstar would come back to the cage after she got her mind right.
The rumor mill had been suggesting for a while that the UFC’s New Year’s Eve weekend card was the perfect time for Rousey to return, and the chatter heated up this week after a picture of a ripped Rousey surfaced on the Internet.
Rousey was perfect through her first 12 professional bouts before getting humbled by Holm.
Nunes destroyed Miesha Tate in July at UFC 200 to claim the throne. She won the belt at a perfect time, as she will cash in major stacks by welcoming Rousey back to work in her first title defense.
The “Lioness” will be riding a four-fight winning streak into the tango.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities.
No other bouts have been reported for the lineup at this time.