There was hope that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would meet the woman that dethroned her, Holly Holm, in July at UFC 200.
Those hopes were dashed earlier this month when UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports that Rousey needed more time off from fighting due to delays in the filming of the upcoming Road House remake.
Rousey’s time off request opened the door for Holm to face top-ranked contender Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 197. The March 5 fight card will be headlined by UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor moving up to lightweight to challenge that division’s champion, Rafael dos Anjos.
Almost as soon as both of those announcements were made there was hand-wringing about Rousey’s fighting future.
Well, everyone can relax. Rousey has no plans to step away from the sport, at least until she gets the chance to rematch Holm, who knocked out Rousey at UFC 193 in November, ending Rousey’s unbeaten streak at 12 fights.
Rousey, speaking to TMZ, said she fully expects a rematch against Holm to take place. “Some time later in the year," she said. "They haven’t told me an exact date or location or anything yet.”
A Holm loss to Tate could complicate things on that front, but the expectation is that the very competitive Rousey will want a rematch against the woman that knocked her out, title fight or non-title fight.
One of the reasons there is some concern over Rousey’s UFC tenure is her burgeoning career outside the Octagon. In addition to filming Road House, Rousey will host Saturday Night Live on January 23, and she has also recently signed on to star in Do Nothing Bitches, opposite Tina Fey.