Any hopes of seeing Ronda Rousey at UFC 200 look to have been dashed – but it appears the former women’s bantamweight champion is ready to get back to work.
UFC supremo Dana White says Rousey’s plan is to come back towards the end of 2016.
White said: “Ronda’s in a great place mentally, physically and emotionally; every way you can be good, she’s good.
“She’s talking about coming back at the end of this year, either in November or December.”
Rousey has been laying low since her loss in the Octagon last November to Holly Holm, but the 29-year-old vowed to come back after hearing that Holm lost in a title fight to Miesha Tate at UFC 196.
Rousey is rumoured to be filming a pair of movie projects – a remake of Patrick Swayze’s 80s classic Road House and a CIA thriller with Mark Wahlberg called Mile 22 – but she could cut short her schedule to return to the octagon.
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