Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has confirmed Ronda Rousey will return to the Octagon more than a year after losing her title. She will face current champion Amanda Nunes for the title fight during the UFA 207 at Las Vegas on 30 December.
"Ronda's BACK!!! Nunes vs Rousey Friday Dec 30 on PPV!!!!!! #UFC207," White tweeted.
The 29-year-old suffered her first career defeat in her last fight to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne. That saw her lose her title to her compatriot who defeated her through a head-kick knockout.
Rousey has a chance to reclaim her title when she takes on the Brazilian fighter in December. Earlier, she was set to face Holm in July, but a surgery forced her to delay her comeback.
Nunes defeated Miesha Tate to win the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship at UFC 200 earlier in July. She defeated Tate by submission in the first round and will be defending her title with the former champion in what will be the last fight of this calendar year.
Rousey has held the title for three years between November 2012 to November 2015, before losing to Holm. Nunes will provide her tough competition and it will be one of the biggest fights of this year.
The American is the top female UFC fighter and getting her back will be a massive boost for the sport. Nunes will be focused on retaining her title when she steps into the Octagon with Rousey.
"I've been training jiu-jitsu since I started. Jiu-jitsu and judo both together. I know how to block very well judo throws, I know how to use my hips very well. I know if Ronda Rousey is coming back, I'm going to keep the championship," Nunes was quoted as saying by UFC's official website.