— UFC (@ufc) October 12, 2016
The wait is over. Ronda Rousey will return to the octagon on December 30, 2016 to challenge UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Today, Dana White announced that Ronda Rousey would fight at UFC 207 on Colin Cowherd’s show “The Herd.” Ronda Rousey’s title shot will come a year after she was knocked out by Holly Holm in the second round of UFC 193. The loss to Holm was the first of her UFC career. Rousey opens as a -320 favorite over Amanda Nunes.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 12, 2016
The bantamweight title has changed hands twice since Rousey lost her championship belt and exited the sport. Holly Holm would lose to Miesha Tate and Tate lost her championship to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in the main event.
It is huge for the UFC to have Ronda Rousey active again. While Conor McGregor might push the most revenue dollars in terms of PPV, no one breaks through to the mainstream like Ronda Rousey does. The return to the octagon ends near radio silence from the fighter since her loss to Holly Holm.
After her loss, Rousey appeared on the Ellen Show to explain the post-fight stress and near breakdown she had. A couple months ago, Reebok posted an advertisement featuring Ronda Rousey addressing her mindset after the loss.
We will see how rusty Rousey is after the long layoff and if how she changes her strategy against Nunes. There is a rumor that this will be Rousey’s last fight in the UFC.
Dana White said that Ronda Rousey has only gotten more popular since her loss. That theory will be tested in the lead up to her return and how much revenue her PPV event will make for the UFC.