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White: Knee surgery pushes Rousey return to December or January

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UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN's SportsCenter that Ronda Rousey recently underwent minor surgery on her knee, and that her return may not happen until January 2017.

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As the UFC women's bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes nears, there are questions as to whether or not we will see Ronda Rousey fight the winner of this UFC 200 feature bout. Rousey has not fought since her KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, and in an interview with SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White told host Cari Champion that Rousey underwent knee surgery on Wednesday.

"Ronda Rousey, I don't know," White said. "I'm hoping we're going to get Ronda back this year. She actually just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great. Her spirits are great. She's been training."

However minor the surgery may be, it seemingly puts her out of the running for the UFC's Madison Square Garden debut on November 12th.

"If she fights, I'm hoping she fights in December. If not, then she would probably fight at the New Years show at the beginning of the year," White said.

You read that right. We may very well not be seeing Ronda Rousey fight at all in 2016. She did say in February that a "good period of time off" is what she needed, and this latest news could put any plans of a UFC return back to the very end of the year, or the start of 2017.

Lest we forget that this Madison Square Garden card (UFC 205) is already an apparent no-go for Conor McGregor, so said Dana White at a UFC 200 press conference in Manhattan. If Dana is true to his word on both Ronda and Conor, then it looks like the first ever UFC PPV in Madison Square Garden, just like UFC 200, will feature neither of the top two PPV draws.

(Quotes transcribed via MMA Fighting)