While the announcement that Ronda Rousey will be returning to the Octagon at the end of the year should have been met with great excitement, not everyone seems to be a fan of the fact that she receives a title shot upon her return.
Since dropping the title to Holly Holm in 2015, the women’s bantamweight championship has switched hands on two more occasions.
Holm relinquished it to Miesha Tate before she submitted to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in the first round.
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Despite being out of action for a year, Rousey dominated in every single one of her fights up until her clash with Holm.
So you'd expect there to be some acceptance that somebody that helped the sport become more popular and was unbeaten for so long deserves another chance at the title.
However, Julianna Pena doesn’t seem to be a fan of the decision, she thought she’d receive a title shot instead and has even threatened to leave the organisation because of this it.
While there will always be those that doubt the move, Rousey does seem to have the support from one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts.
Current featherweight champion and lightweight contender, Conor McGregor was hoping Rousey looked at him for inspiration, after he too had a tough return following his loss to Nate Diaz earlier this year before returning to triumph in the rematch.
Speaking to The LAD Bible, the Irishman offered her words of encouragement, saying: “I’m very excited. It’s good to finally see her back. Losses can really affect you.
"It’s a crazy business we’re in, especially at the very, very high top.
“I hope she took inspiration on how I came back from my defeat. And I wish her all the best. She’s a solid competitor, and I’m excited to see how it unfolds.
"I’d tell her to go shut them all up now. Shut them all up. Go and stake your claim again. Go and shut these people up now. Go and get what you began back.”
Only time will tell whether the year-long break did Rousey any good when she challenges Nunes in Las Vegas, with Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez expected to be the supporting act on December 30.
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