Ronda Rousey’s much-anticipated return to the Octagon won’t happen at UFC 205.
According to UFC president Dana White, Rousey could still fight by the end of the year, but it won’t be at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in November.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”
The event will mark the end of New York’s state’s 20-year ban on mixed martial arts. Rousey, meanwhile, served a six-month medical ban imposed by the UFC after her bantamweight title loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November, the first defeat of her career. The title has since been passed around multiple times. Holm lost the title in her very next fight with Miesha Tate, who then lost the crown to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 last month.
There has been much speculation that Rousey, who has a growing movie and entertainment career, might not ever get back in the octagon again. That would be bad news to the legions of UFC fighters who know she’s the best change for a mega payday. This news will only increase the speculation that Rousey may be done, as a fighter at least.