It looks like Ronda Rousey will not be competing at the UFC’s first show in New York City after all following surgery on her knee.
UFC president Dana White, in an appearance on SportsCenter on Thursday, said that Rousey had minor knee surgery on Wednesday that would delay her expected return even further, possibly until 2017.
“I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year,” White said. ”She just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit.
“She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training. So if she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, she would probably fight at the New Year’s show, beginning of the year, or something.”
Rousey was last seen inside the octagon at UFC 193, where she suffered her first loss in her MMA career, in devastating fashion to now former champion Holly Holm via head kick KO.
However, White also stated that when the former women’s bantamweight champion does eventually return to the UFC, she will fight for the title, regardless of who is holding the belt at the time.
Good move to put Rousey straight into a title show following long layoff, a devastating loss and knee surgery? That remains to be seen.