Ronda Rousey isn't expected to make her UFC return until later this year, but the possible venue of her return fight may have been revealed.
Earlier this week, the UFC announced that a landmark bill signing had been completed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York. They then announced that they will host a major pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 12.
With it being an iconic part of UFC history, fans can expect the card to be loaded with many big fights, maybe even more than the upcoming UFC 200. Stars such as Conor McGregor could compete, as well as New York natives such as Jon Jones, Chris Weidman, and Rashad Evans.
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Upon the announcement of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, MMAFighting's Luke Thomas spoke with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, who said at least one title fight will take place at the event, and even Rousey could make an appearance.
He said: "It's certainly a possibility (Ronda Rousey is on the card). Nothing has been determined yet. We'll kind of see what happens. I can tell you that whatever card we do bring, it will be massive. It'll be a big card with our biggest names."
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When asked if he could guarantee a title fight, Fertitta said: "Yes, I would say that that (a title fight) will happen."
UFC had been working on legalizing MMA in New York for close to two decades. Fans in the area will be glad the sport is finally coming there, and native fighters like Jones will be happy they can compete under the promotion in their hometown.
As for a possible opponent for Rousey, that is still up in the air, but one woman she could face could be Holly Holm, a rematch of their UFC 193 clash from November last year for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship, which Rowdy lost via a second-round knockout.
The Preacher's Daughter went on to lose the title as well to Miesha Tate at UFC 196, who is now scheduled to fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. If Tate wins the fight, Holm will ask for a rematch with Cupcake later this year so she has an opportunity to reclaim the title, but if she loses, this could open the door for Holm vs Rousey II.
It could be an epic clash, but we'll have to wait for the outcome of the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship clash at UFC 200, as it could ultimately determine who Rousey will be facing later this year if she was to compete at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.