Former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will return to the ring after more than a year-long hiatus at the UFC 207 scheduled to be held on December 30. The mixed martial arts event is set to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the bout between Rousey and Amanda Nunes will headline the event.
If the fight goes down as planned, it will be more than a year since Rousey last entered the arena in a professional competition. For now, this announcement by UFC president Dana White makes it apparent that 29-year-old Rousey has finally gotten over her shocking loss to Holly Holm last year.
In an even more shocking revelation, BBC had reported how Rousey had even contemplated suicide following a loss that had shocked fans all over the world. After her unexpected defeat to the 34-year-old Holly Holm, Rousey disappeared into oblivion, and except for a few public appearances in shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she pretty much stayed off the entertainment grid.
Prior to her knockout defeat in November 2015 last year, however, the name Ronda Rousey had become synonymous with the celebrity world, thanks to the sudden fame that had come her way in 2015. Impressive and decisive victories against Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia at the UFC 184 and the UFC 190 had everyone talking about this thunderbolt of a fighter.
Even prior to these fights, Ronda Rousey was a well-known name on the mixed martial arts circuit. However, these quick submissions proved to be the ones that put her in the limelight. Rousey was even voted the Best Female Athlete Ever in ESPN’s September 2015 online voting poll, and was featured in several magazines that were not even restricted to the sports segment.
Her forays in the acting world had been a talking point too, and Rousey had been a part of several impressive projects such as The Expendables 3 in 2014 and Furious 7 and Entourage in 2015, in addition to featuring on several talk shows as well as social events.
Then came the jolt that everyone still talks about. After Rousey lost her championship title as well as an unbeaten streak to Holm, she had confessed to even contemplating giving up her life. The disappointment and depression was of course understandable, as Rousey’s defeat to Holm has often been described as the biggest disappointment in the history of sports.
All that is in the past though, and Rousey now plans to win back the championship crown in her December fight against her Brazilian opponent Nunes. Watching these two strong contestants battle it out for championship crown is set to be one of the biggest sporting highlights of the year.
MMA Junkie reported that although Rousey may no longer hold her former undefeated title, she still holds her rank among some of the most impressive women in the mixed martial arts world. After all, the 2008 Summer Olympics bronze medalist has won 12 out of her 13 fights during the last six years.
Her opponent is no pushover though, and FOX Sports reported that Nunes has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to fight Rousey ever since her winning fight against Miesha Tate at the UFC 200 earlier this year in July. And now that Nunes has the opportunity to defend her first bantamweight championship title, she is sure to give it her all when she confronts Rousey at the UFC 207.
Do you think Rousey can get back to the top of the game in spite of the downhill journey that began with her shocking defeat last year? Who, do you think, will win this contest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
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