Thursday 23 March 2017

Ronda Rousey's UFC return in limbo right along with Conor McGregor's

Ronda Rousey in action against Holly in 2015 - her last appearance in the octagon
Ronda Rousey in action against Holly in 2015 - her last appearance in the octagon
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

UFC are set to be without their marquee stars for even longer after Dana White today revealed that Ronda Rousey's spell out of the Octagon will be prolonged due to injury.

Speaking to ESPN, UFC President White said that Rousey has recently undergone minor knee surgery, which means her return from her first career loss in November 2015 will be delayed even further.

“I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year,” White said.

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

Rousey seemed unstoppable after comprehensively winning her first six UFC fights to build a 12-0 record. However, she suffered a shock defeat to Australian Holly Holm after being felled with a vicious leg kick.

The American subsequently admitted to suffering from depression in the aftermath of the loss, and a timetable has not yet been put on her return, although it was believed that she would fight again in 2016.

While White may hope for the quick return of Rousey given Conor McGregor's continued absence due to a disagreement with UFC top brass, this latest injury may mean the former Olympic bronze medalist doesn't fight again until 2017.

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