Dana White Says Superstar May be Out Until December

Any hopes that Ronda Rousey may have been a late addition to the UFC 200 card have been laid to rest with Dana White‘s announcement that a recent operation may rule her out until the end of the year.

Following Ronda Rousey’s shocking and devastating loss at the hands of Holly Holm in Australia last year, the one-time poster-girl for women’s MMA took a sabbatical from the sport to pursue other interests, particularly a role in the new Roadhouse movie.

There was no set date on a comeback, some even speculated she may move away from the sport altogether. However, recent pictures of her back in training had given rise to speculation she may even be a surprise late inclusion at UFC 200. A move that Dana White may have liked, given the star power the card now lacks in the absence of Conor McGregor.

When asked about this on ESPN’s Sportcentre, however, White revealed Rousey had required surgery, and would not put a definite date on her return:

“I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year.

“She actually… just had surgery on her knee yesterday. Nothing serious, just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit.”

When pushed on a date he suspected it would be December at the earliest, ruling her out of the UFC’s first trip to New York. He did confirm, however, her comeback fight would definitely be for the title if the champion was, herself, fit for action.

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