Ronda Rousey won’t return to the octagon until after UFC 200 on July 9, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White reported Tuesday.
Rousey has requested an extension to complete filming that has been delayed for the movie“Roadhouse,” which has the former women’s bantamweight champion in the lead bar bouncer role played by Patrick Swayze in the original film.
“She could do both, but the question is, should she do both?” White told Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole. “…Why would she? … It’d be cutting it too close.”
Rousey (12-1) was penciled in for a rematch with bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-0), who knocked out Rousey by second-round head kick in November.
But Holm, after signing a multi-fight contract extension with the UFC earlier this month, agreed to defend her belt March 5 at MGM Grand against Miesha Tate at UFC 197 – a card the UFC officially announced Tuesday that includes a lightweight title fight between champion Rafael Dos Anjos and popular featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor has said he wants to fight four times this year, so he remains in play for the UFC 200 card at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
White told Iole he feels he owes Rousey her request for extended time after all she’s done for the UFC – which included agreeing to fight Holm on shorter notice than expected in Australia following a thumb injury to Jan. 2 main-event champion Robbie Lawler.
“Anything we needed, she didn’t say no to anything,” White said. “So when she tells me she wants more time … she’s got it.”