Dana White says Ronda Rousey won't fight at UFC 205 in November

ByBrett Okamoto ESPN logo
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey will not fight at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in Madison Square Garden, according to company president Dana White.

Rousey (12-1) has been virtually silent since last November, when she sustained the first loss of her career at UFC 193 in stunning fashion to Holly Holm. Rousey lost via head-kick knockout.

White has repeatedly stated Rousey intends to fight again, but told the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast that return fight will definitely not take place in the UFC's highly anticipated card in New York.

"She's definitely not fighting in New York," White said. "I'm actually going to start building the New York card this week."

Dozens of UFC-rostered athletes have publicly requested to fight on Nov. 12. The pay-per-view event will mark the UFC's first trip to New York since a ban on professional mixed martial arts was lifted earlier this year. The ban had been in place since 1997.

In June, White told SportsCenter that Rousey, 29, had recently underwent a minor procedure on her knee and he was "hoping" she'd fight by the end of the year.

The UFC has two pay-per-view events scheduled in December. UFC 206 will take place on Dec. 10 in Toronto. UFC 207 is scheduled for Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Rousey, who fights out of Glendale, California, defended the UFC's bantamweight championship six times before falling to Holm.