Rousey will re­turn for shot at cham­pi­onship

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Ronda Rousey will re­turn to the UFC on Dec. 30 in Las Ve­gas, fight­ing Amanda Nunes for the ban­tamweight ti­tle. UFC Pres­i­dent Dana White con­firmed Wednes­day that Rousey will be in the main event of UFC 207.

Ronda Rousey will re­turn to the UFC on Dec. 30 in Las Ve­gas, fight­ing Amanda Nunes for the ban­tamweight ti­tle.

UFC Pres­i­dent Dana White con­firmed Wednes­day that Rousey will be in the main event of UFC 207 at T-Mo­bile Arena.

Rousey (12-1) hasn’t fought since Novem­ber 2015, when Holly Holm stunned the pre­vi­ously un­beaten cham­pion with a sec­ond-round knock­out at UFC 193 in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

Rousey be­came one of the world’s most pop­u­lar fe­male ath­letes and the UFC’s big­gest main­stream star dur­ing her me­te­oric rise through mixed mar­tial arts. The for­mer Olympic judo com­peti­tor be­came the first UFC women’s cham­pion in late 2012, with her tal­ent com­pelling White to cre­ate a women’s ban­tamweight divi­sion in his pro­mo­tion.

Rousey kept the 135-pound belt through six de­fenses be­fore Holm’s dom­i­nant vic­tory, which was punc­tu­ated by a dra­matic head kick.

Be­fore los­ing to Holm, Rousey had beaten four contenders for her belt in a com­bined 130 sec­onds, in­clud­ing a 14-sec­ond stop­page of Cat Zingano and a 16-sec­ond vic­tory over Alexis Davis.

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