Ronda Rousey returns to face Nunes at UFC 207

Ronda Rousey will make her long-awaited UFC return against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on December 30.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the news on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday.

“The thing that everybody has been waiting for for a good year, Ronda Rousey is back,” White said. “She will fight Dec. 30 for the title.”

“Ronda Rousey has been the biggest baddest female fighter on the planet since we got into women’s fighting,” he added. “Ronda had a bad loss and lost her title, but she’s still Ronda Rousey at the end of the day.”

This isn’t a fight Nunes is about to back down from. The Brazilian has spoken in the past of her desire to make the first defence of her bantamweight title against the former champion.

"If they ask me who I want to fight, I’m going to say I want to fight Ronda. I’m not running from anyone, I’m the champion and I can choose who I’m going to fight,” Nunes said. “I will choose what’s best for me and Ronda would be ‘the’ main fight, that’s why it has to be against her, it has to be with Ronda.”


Rousey relinquished the bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November, a defeat she said made her consider suicide.

It wasn’t clear if she’d ever return to the sport, but it looks like she’s wrestled her demons and is ready to take back what she lost.

White also made it clear that should Rousey reclaim her title against Nunes, she will face Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino next.

“Cyborg wants that fight. Ronda wants that fight too,” White said. “Ronda’s plan right now is to come back and try and win her title back. If that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen.”

Cyborg tweeted following the announcement: