UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has knee surgery

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has knee surgery and will be out of action until the end of the year.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Ronda Rousey has had minor knee surgery and will miss all of the company’s events until December at the earliest, according to the company’s president.

Rousey burst onto the mixed martial arts world in August 2010 when she made her debut, making opponent Hayden Munoz submit in 23 seconds.

Rousey went on to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship in the octagon, though she lost that title to Holly Holm last November. Rousey has also made a name for herself in mainstream media as she hosted Saturday Night Live and worked with the WWE in 2015.

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Speaking to ESPN about Rousey’s possible return, UFC president Dana White spoke about his hope that the former champion will return soon.

“Ronda Rousey, I don’t know,” White told ESPN’s SportsCenter recently. “I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year.

“She actually just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training.”

Holm and Rousey headlined UFC 193 which drew the MMA company’s largest crowd ever, with over 54,000 filling the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Holm knocked out Rousey in that first clash with kick to the side of the head. Experts called it the fight of the year.

Holm versus Rousey two was expected sometime in 2016, with hints that the two could face off at UFC’s New Year’s show. However, Holm unexpectedly lost her Bantamweight Championship to Miesha Tate in her first title defense.

Yet, it isn’t just injury keeping Rousey out of action with the UFC. The MMA fight has other commitments as she continues to be seen as one of the leading women in sports today. Rousey has transcended sports, much like former full-time WWE wrestler The Rock.

“If she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, then he would probably fight at the New Years show at the beginning of the year,” White stated.

Despite not fighting since her loss to Holm in November of last year, White has repeatedly stated Rousey’s first fight back will be a title shot. Holm is no longer UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and White wants whoever is champion to defend against Rousey.

“If Miesha Tate’s still the champion, she’ll fight Miesha Tate. Whoever has the belt is who Ronda Rousey will fight,” White said. “Injuries happen in this sport, somebody falls out and somebody else slides in, I’m not even saying Holly Holm couldn’t be the champion by the time Ronda comes back.”

Rousey has been cast as the lead in the remake of 1980s film Road House, and along with her other media appearances, seems to have put UFC on the back burner for the time being.

Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.