By: Ty’rique Sims
Ronda Rousey will make her return to the octagon December 30th at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes. It will be her first appearance since losing to Holly Holm last November in a second-round knockout.
But UFC fans and members of the Rowdy fan club should enjoy Rousey’s December comeback bout as it will be one of her last.
During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday, Rousey, 29, said the fight against Nunes will be one of her last.
“I’m wrapping it up. This is one of my last fights. Everyone better watch the show. It isn’t going to last forever,” said Rousey.
Rousey (12-1) was the first woman to sign with the UFC when she joined in 2012. She immediately became the first female bantamweight champion, a title she defended six times.
Fighting out of Glendale, California, Rousey defeated 12 consecutive opponents to start her career and rose to become one of the sport’s biggest stars. She has mostly avoided the spotlight since the Holm fight, however, and UFC president Dana White said Rousey needed a break after promoting three pay-per-view events in 2015.
Rousey’s fearlessness plays a part in her attempt to reclaim the bantamweight belt against UFC champ Amanda Nunes, but her return to the cage won’t be an easy task.
“I think it’s the buildup that is more tiring than anything else,” Rousey said. “If we had a fight right now, I’d fight and go get dinner and I wouldn’t really feel tired about it. It’s the weeks and weeks of buildup beforehand.”
“If it just happened right now, I would not be nervous. It’s all the waiting.”
Rousey said she has been in the gym “twice a day” since August. Nunes (13-4) is coming off a first-round victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 200. She has nine career wins by knockout.
Win or lose, Rousey’s return could be her last.
The UFC 207 event will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.