Ronda Rousey is back in training, but UFC president Dana White shot down speculations the former women’s bantamweight champion could make her much-awaited return to the octagon in UFC's historic card at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this November.
Many UFC-rostered fighters have lobbied to be part of the November 12 (November 13, Manila time) card when the UFC makes its first trip to New York after the city lifted a ban—in place since 1997—on professional mixed martial arts.
Rousey has had limited public sightings and no interviews since losing her belt via knockout to Holly Holm last November. The 29-year-old MMA star, though, has been sighted by a Los Angeles Times reporter on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) back in her gym in Glendale, California.
When asked if she’ll be back to fighting again, Rousey dismissed the reporter.
“I’m not talking to anyone right now,” she said before driving off in a hurry.
Still, in the report by the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire, one person close to Rousey said she’s working out again, testing herself after undergoing minor knee surgery last June. Rousey even trained through the discomfort from a swollen foot, in hopes of knowing if she’s ready to return to the UFC by month’s end.
However, White quickly clarified on UFC Unfiltered that Rousey’s return won’t be in New York.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York. I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week,” he said.
White, though, kept hopes that Rousey could still make her comeback fight before the year ends, with the company staging two pay-per-view events in December: UFC 206 in Toronto on December 10 and UFC 207 in Las Vegas on December 30.