Ronda Rousey is expected to make her much-anticipated return to the Octagon in November or December of 2016, UFC president Dana White told TMZ.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion continues to work her way back after a stunning loss to Holly Holm last November. Rousey was forced to recover physically and mentally from the defeat, and admitted to having suicidal thoughts.
“I just had dinner with her the other night. She’s in a great place mentally, physically, emotionally – every way you can be good, she’s good,” White explained. “She’s talking about coming back at the end of this year. So, she’ll either come back in November or December.”
When asked if Rousey has regained her killer instinct, White didn’t hesitate with his response.
“She’s ready again,” he said. “She’s ready to fight.”
White had previously stated that Rousey would likely get the first crack at the new titleholder Miesha Tate, who Rousey has defeated twice before. However, it’s unclear whether the UFC will keep Tate on the sidelines until the end of the year, waiting for a matchup with Rousey.