Ronda Rousey, the one-time reigning champion of the mixed martial arts world, will return to the sport for the first time in 13 months Dec. 30 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.
Rousey will face Amanda Nunes in her first competition since last November’s stunning loss to Holly Holm. Rousey had won six consecutive title defenses from 2013-15 before losing. Since then, Holm lost her title defense to Miesha Tate in March. And Tate lost to Nunes in July.
“Ronda Rousey has been the biggest, baddest female fighter on the planet since we got into women’s fighting,” UFC president Dana White said in making the announcement on “The Herd” Wednesday afternoon. “Ronda had a bad loss, obviously, lost her title – she’s still Ronda Rousey at the end of the day.”
Rousey, the first woman ever to sign with the UFC, is 12-1 in her career and was a huge favorite before former pro boxer Holm beat her with her fists and a left head kick.
White said Rousey has been in the gym in recent months after taking some time off and he said her confidence hasn’t been shaken.