With the emergence of Conor McGregor, it's almost been easy to forget about just how big a star Ronda Rousey was before Holly Holm beat her so spectacularly last November.
She was the face of the UFC and a bona fide superstar around the world. Her brand had strayed into the WWE and Hollywood and after a series of first-round victories, she seemed unbeatable.
How wrong that notion proved to be.
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Rousey was knocked out in the second round of her UFC Women's bantamweight championship clash with Holm in Melbourne with a vicious kick and she hasn't been seen in the octagon since.
In an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo (MMAFighting.com translated), UFC president Dana White said there is a "great chance" the former women's bantamweight champion will return to the Octagon by the end of the year and fight current champion, Amanda Nunes.
And now, Sporting News is reporting that UFC 207 on December 30 is the rumoured date for Rousey's grand return and title match with Nunes.
The women's bantamweight title has changed hands three times in Rowdy's absence; first with Holm, then Miesha Tate and finally Nunes, with the first two dropping the belt during their first defence.
However, UFC Hall of Famer, Don Frye, doesn't believe we will see Rousey again.
"No, she’s not coming back. She’ll never fight again," Frye said in a recent interview with Submission Radio. "She used to be able to draw fans, now she can’t. Everybody’s seen through her."
There would naturally be massive interest in a Rousey comeback. Would she be the same? Maybe she would have got even better?
Nobody wants to see her retire after one loss having dominated previously. The story of watching one of the greatest women in UFC history try and regain her crown is an appealing one indeed, but when will we get it?
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