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Ronda Rousey Next Fight: Dana White Hypes 'Rowdy's' Eventual Return As 'Biggest' Event If UFC History [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Aug 26, 2016 11:33 AM EDT
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Ronda Rousey
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. (Photo : Getty Images)

It's unknown when Ronda Rousey will return to the Octagon, but when she does, Dana White expects it to be a historic draw.

"Rowdy" hasn't competed in the Octagon since her infamous loss at the hands of Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November. The defeat was Rousey's first in the UFC and caused her to drop the women's bantamweight championship.

Since the loss, Rousey has remained sidelined as she took time to mentally and emotionally get over the defeat as well as physically get set for an eventual return. She has had some procedures that she also is healing up from.

UFC president Dana White nixed the rumors of Rousey potentially returning for the first-ever New York City-based UFC event, which will be UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden.

If Rousey were to return in 2016, it would have to be at UFC 206 in Toronto on Dec. 10 or UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.

While it's unknown when Rousey will return, White thinks it will be the grandest event in UFC history -- surpassing both bouts between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

"I think Ronda Rousey's return will be the biggest pay-per-view we've ever done," White told Colin Cowherd on 'The Herd.'

Rousey was a top draw, but it remains to be seen how well she'll be able to cope with the defeat to Holm in attempts of rebuilding her brand in the Octagon. White said the New York City show is out of the realm of possibility as Rousey is continuing to heel up from procedures she underwent.

"Ronda had a bunch of minor surgeries," he said, "and they're healing up and when they are, I'm assuming she's going to fight."

After Holm defeated Rousey, she dropped the belt in her first defense against Miesha Tate. Tate then fell in her first defense of the title at UFC 200 to reigning champion Amanda Nunes.

Rousey admitted she had suicidal thoughts after the humiliating defeat, but was able to rally and get over it thanks to her boyfriend, fellow MMA star Travis Browne.

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