Just because Ronda Rousey is back in the public spotlight, it doesn’t mean she’s quite ready to return to the Octagon. Rumors ran rampant that the former women’s bantamweight champion would face off against Holly Holm to try and reclaim her title, but that seems very unlikely.
UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that Rousey has asked for more time off and that she won’t fight, as planned, at UFC 200 in July. Rousey is set to star in the remake of Roadhouse, and the start of filming has been pushed back, White said.
“The filming of the movie got pushed back,” White said. “She could do both, but the question is, should she do both? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she’d finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close.”
Rousey, who is slated to host Saturday Night Live on January 23, will watch from afar as Holm defends her bantamweight title against Miesha Tate on March 5. White is said to have had no problem with Rousey taking as much time as she needed to prepare since she has done so much for the company already.
“The way I look at this one is, Ronda has worked her ass off for us for the last three years,” White said. “She’s been fighting, promoting and building the sport. If anyone deserves the time off, it’s her. The night [of UFC 193] Holly said she’d do the rematch and that Ronda deserved it and everything else. So we were holding it for her if she wanted to do it.
“What that woman has done is above and beyond what anyone has done. I mean, it’s just unbelievable what she’s done in the last three years. Anything we needed, she didn’t say no to anything; said no to nothing. She even took over responsibilities somebody else was supposed to have. So when she tells me she wants more time, you know what? She’s got it.”
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