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The UFC hasn't officially announced the return of their prodigal daughter, Ronda Rousey just yet, but it's becoming increasingly likely that she will fight in 2016.

According to UFC president Dana White, she will likely face Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes this year.

"Yes. There is a great chance of Ronda fighting with Amanda Nunes and I am very confident that they will probably fight before the end of the year," said UFC President Dana White to Brazilian news site Combate (translated via Google Translate).

Fans had hoped that she might return at UFC 205, the first UFC card in New York City, but White has previously stated that Rousey would not be ready by then. If not UFC 205, then the most likely site of her return will be the promotion's year-end show, UFC 207.

In support of that idea are recent reports from MMA media who say that the bout negotiations are already underway.

Nunes is the current Bantamweight Champion, having taken the belt from Miesha Tate, who herself secured the title after she defeated Holm. No one has successfully defended the 135 lbs. title since Rousey's departure.

Rousey suffered her first career defeat against Holly Holm in 2015. Since then, she has made few media appearances, and has yet to make any firm commitments to returning to competition.