The timing seemed ideal Wednesday for Ronda Rousey’s return.
The UFC was staging a “Women of MMA” panel discussion for International Fight Week and it was Rousey, after all, who convinced UFC President Dana White to permit women’s fighting in his organization, a movement that has spawned into three divisions.
Not only was Rousey not present, the session featuring strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and featherweight title fighter Cris “Cyborg” Santos passed without a single mention of the former champion.
“She doesn’t work for the UFC,” Rousey’s fiance, heavyweight Travis Browne, said Thursday. She had other things going on. She was on the morning show [with...