The UFC confirmed this week that Holly Holm will make her return to the Octagon at March's UFC 197 event, where she will co-main event alongside Conor McGregor.
Fight fans will have to wait a little longer to see the much-anticipated return of Holm's rival, Ronda Rousey, however.
That's after UFC president Dana White revealed this week that the former Women's champion will not be returning at the UFC 200 event as many had expected. And there are a couple of reasons why.
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Speaking to Yahoo! Sports, White explained that Rousey had actually requested to extend her period of time off as she looks to bounce back from her surprise defeat to Holm at UFC 193.
What's more, Rousey's well-documented commitments to Hollywood are also likely to force the 28-year-old to hold off from returning to the Octagon.
"The filming of the movie (Roadhouse, in which Rousey has a role) got pushed back," said White. "She could do both, but the question is, should she do both?
"She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she'd finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close."
Rousey was always going to be absent from the Octagon for a few months due to her commitments in Hollywood, and the enforced medical suspension handed out after the brutal K.O. back in November.
With her non-participation for the July 9 UFC 200 event now confirmed, however, it looks like her time away from the organization could extend to almost 12 months.
The UFC will want a Rousey vs Holm rematch whenever the former does comeback. Whether Holly Holm is even still champion by the time Rousey does make her return, however, remains to be seen.
UFC fans: Would Rousey win a rematch, and should she even come back or stick to acting? Have your say in the comments below...
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