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Ronda Rousey to return against champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-1-0) will make her anticipated return to the company against current champion Amanda Nunes (13-4-0) at UFC 207, according to UFC president Dana White.

White revealed Rousey’s return on Colin Cowherd’s show “The Herd.”

Rousey has spent most of 2016 recovering from her loss to Holly Holm at Australia’s UFC 193, and developing her acting career.

The women’s bantamweight picture has not stood still since the Rousey loss. Miesha Tate defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196, and then lost the belt to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.

There are also a lot of up-and-coming challengers in the rankings.

There are many concerns about the Rousey’s ability to return mentally, if not more than physically. She has admitted having suicidal thoughts after Holm shattered her undefeated record.

Meanwhile, Nunes’ confidence has never been higher. She’s on a four-fight win streak, most against the top fighters in the division. ┬áNunes also recently won a Equality Visibility award for her efforts outside the octagon to promote positive awareness on LBTQ issues.

But for now, all eyes are on Rousey, the woman who took WMMA to the next level after becoming the UFC’s first champion in 2013 and running roughshod over the division for the next two and a half years.

UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. No other bouts have been announced for the card at this time.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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