UFC president Dana White admits he’s not sure when Ronda Rousey will make her return to the octagon.
Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, White said he hoped Rousey would return this year, but said the decision was entirely up to her.
“Ronda’s going to come out and let us know when she’s ready to fight again,” White said. “I would really like her to fight this year. I hope she does.”
Rousey suffered a shock defeat to Holly Holm in the defence of her bantamweight title at UFC 193 last November, and while there was talk of a return at UFC 200, those plans were scuppered when Miesha Tate beat Holm at UFC 196 to become the new champion.
White admits that Rousey could only be set to return in 2017, but said he hoped that was not the case.
Others, meanwhile, are doubtful if she will ever return, considering the damaging nature of her defeat and a potential career in Hollywood looming.
But White believes Rousey has earned as much time off as she needs.
“No fighter has worked harder than Ronda Rousey over the last three years, probably other than Conor McGregor,” he said. “So she deserves the time off.”