rousey has knee surgery, could be out until next year
LOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey might not return to the octagon until 2017 after having minor knee surgery, UFC president Dana White said Thursday.
Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion, had surgery Wednesday to clean out the knee, White said on ESPN's SportsCenter. He described the surgery as "nothing serious" — "just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit" — but acknowledged that it could postpone Rousey's long-awaited return to fighting until next year.
"I'm hoping we're going to get Ronda back this year," White said.
Rousey (10-1) hasn't fought since Holly Holm took away her title belt with a second-round stoppage in November. Rousey took time away to focus on recovery and her thriving acting career.
White has spoken for several months about Rousey potentially returning to the octagon in November, with many fans hoping she might headline the UFC 205 card on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Though White hopes that Rousey can fight in December, he said it's possible she won't return until the UFC's traditional New Year's Day show in Las Vegas.
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