Ronda Rousey.

Ronda Rousey expected to return in 2017 [Dave Meltzer]

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Before Conor McGregor assumed the mantle of UFC box office superstar, Ronda Rousey was one of the most ground-breaking fighters ever.

The former UFC women's bantamweight champion, still only 29, has fallen off the radar since her spectacular loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 and many have questioned whether Rowdy will ever step into the octagon ever again.

She was one of the most dominant fighters in the history of the sport before her loss to Holm last November. Rousey had won all 12 of her previous MMA fights before her ill-fated defence in Australia and none had ever gone the distance.


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In fact, 11 never even went past the first round.

MMA journalist Dave Meltzer stated during a recent interview with Submission Radio that we shouldn't expect to see Rousey again in 2016 and she is incredibly unlikely to feature on the historic New York card in November.

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“I talked to one of her friends a couple of weeks ago and the impression that I got — you know, we don’t usually talk Ronda Rousey business — but I just go, what’s your thoughts? Is Ronda gonna be ready to fight at the garden? And they said, no, probably early 2017. So that was the impression I was given two weeks ago,” Meltzer said.

The landscape of the bantamweight division has changed dramatically in Rousey's absence. Holm dropped her title during her first defence to Miesha Tate - someone Rousey has beaten twice before across two promotions - and now Amanda Nunes is champion.

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With Jon Jones facing a potential suspension and Conor McGregor entering a make or break fight with Nate Diaz this week, the UFC must be chomping at the bit to get another one of their prime PPV draws back in the fold.

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