It's been just shy of a year since Ronda Rousey's undefeated streak was ended by a Holly Holm head kick at UFC 193. In that time, the women's bantamweight title has changed hands twice -- from Holm to Rousey's former rival, Miesha Tate, to Brazilian slugger Amanda Nunes -- leading fans and media members to ponder when the division's most dominant champion might ever return to challenge for the gold again.
After a few close calls and near-misses, it looks like the long-gestating rumors of Rousey's return have actually begun to gain a little steam.
First, Nunes called out Rousey for her first title defense this past August. Then, Dana White went on record that we would likely see her return before year's end. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that "Rowdy" had officially been offered a fight against Nunes at UFC 207 in December.
Now, it's finally official.
During an appearance on Colin Cowherd's radio show, The Herd this afternoon, UFC President Dana White dropped the bombshell that Rousey will in fact be returning to the Octagon to challenge Nunes for the bantamweight title at UFC 207, which will transpire at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 30th.
Currently 6-1 in the UFC, Nunes is fresh off a dominant title-winning performance over Miesha Tate at UFC 200 that saw her batter the then-champ on the feet before submitting her with a rear-naked choke just over three minutes into the round. Discussing the potential of a Rousey-Nunes match-up in a recent interview, Tate was quick to admit that the Brazilian could be a "big, big problem for Ronda" if she were to return "half-assed."
"It's kind of hard to say, honestly," said Tate when asked for a prediction. "I really just don't know what we're going to get with Ronda. I know what we're going to get with Amanda. I just have no idea what we're going to get with Ronda."