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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight women's champion Ronda Rousey's return to the UFC is most likely to happen next year with reports emerging that she is currently in negotiations for a potential matchup against Amanda Nunes, who is the current bantamweight champion.
According to Fox Sports, the 29-year-old has been offered a chance to reclaim her bantamweight title at UFC 207 scheduled to be held in December at Las Vegas. However, there has been no confirmation on the news as yet. Earlier, UFC president Dana White had said that Rousey would return to the octagon soon, but did not give a specific date.
"Yes, there is a big chance that Ronda Rousey will fight Amanda Nunes and I'm very confident that Ronda will probably fight before the end of the year," White said as quoted by Fox Sports.
The 29-year-old has not been in action since November 2015, where she suffered a shock defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Holm knocked Rousey out with a vicious head kick, inflicting what was the American's first loss of her career.
Rousey's trainer Edmond Tarverydan too has confirmed her comeback news and claimed that she has started training for the past one month, but did not say whether it would be at the end of the year or start of next year.
"There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven't made a final decision yet. There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set. If we do make a comeback, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient. When she does come back, we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has seen," said Tarverydan, as quoted by ABC News.
Meanwhile, her would-be opponent Nunes has been keen on fighting against Rousey for a long time and has come out in the past and said that if she has to ever choose one fighter who she could face-off against it would be Ronda Rousey.