Trainer: Ronda Rousey eyeing December return to Octagon

ByRamona Shelburne ESPN logo
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ronda Rousey hasn't fought in nearly a year since her upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, but her trainer says that when she does come back "we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has ever seen."

Rousey's trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, told ESPN that a fight with reigning UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been discussed for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but that no decision has been made yet as she works her way back into form following a minor knee surgery this summer.

Earlier this week UFC president Dana White hinted that there's a "great chance" Rousey would return to the Octagon by the end of the year in an interview with the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. He has previously ruled out the Nov. 12 card in New York, which leaves UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto or UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas if she were to return by the end of the year.

Tarverdyan confirmed that Rousey has been training for the past month in preparation for a comeback but did not promise it would be before the end of the year.

"There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven't made a final decision yet," he said. "There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient.

"When she does come back, we promise the best Ronda Rousey that anyone has ever seen. "