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Former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey is seeking some new training partners now that her year-long layoff from the sport is coming to an end.

Rousey was criticized for her striking skills after her loss to boxing champion, Holly Holm at UFC 193, but now she seems to be upping her game by bringing in her own boxing superstar, Mikaela Mayer.

Mayer posted a photo of herself with Rousey this week with the caption, "Good first sparring session with the champ."

Mayer is a two-time US national champion, four-time national Golden Glove champion and member of Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

She was one of only two women to represent the United States in boxing for the 2016 Olympics.

The pair sparred at Glendale Fighting Club, one of Rousey's home gyms.

Rousey is set to make her return to the Octagon at UFC 207 where she faces the new bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. The bantamweight title has changed hands twice since Rousey lost it. The belt was passed from Holly Holm to Miesha Tate at UFC 196, then from Tate to the current champ at UFC 200.

Rousey was given an immediate title shot given her previously undefeated record.

UFC 207 is set to take place Saturday, December 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


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