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Ronda Rousey hasn't stepped foot in the Octagon in nearly a year, but it appears that her hiatus may soon be at an end.

The former champion's head coach Edmond Tarverdyan told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that although a fight has not been set yet, there have been talks about a return this year. In particular, UFC 207 on December 30 is the date that is being targeted.

"There have been talks about her coming back (Dec 30), but we haven't made a final decision yet," Tarverdyan said. "There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient."

Rousey was undefeated before her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, and had defended the women's bantamweight title six times in a row. It was a defeat that stunned the MMA community, and many wondered if it would signal the end of Rousey's career.

UFC President Dana White has previously stated that Rousey wouldn't return for UFC 205, but could potentially return for the New Year's Eve card.


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