As expected, Ronda Rousey's return to the Octagon won't happen until she's finished her upcoming film commitments.
Set to star in a "Roadhouse" remake as well as "Mile 22" with Mark Wahlberg, Rousey, who lost the women's bantamweight title in violent fashion to Holly Holm at UFC 193, is expected to finish filming before returning for an expected rematch with Holm at UFC 200 in July.
"I went out to see her in L.A. Had some real good conversations with her. She is, as you would expect, very disappointed," UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told reporters recently, according to FOX Sports' Damon Martin. "Distraught, to some extent. She's never lost. She never lost a fight in the Octagon. She never lost a fight in the street. She didn't know what it was like. Right? She is champing to be back in there.
"She made some commitments before the fight to make two movies. So she's going to do that. Then get back to training in the Octagon."
The face of women's MMA, Rousey had her mystique of invincibility evaporated by Holm's left shin on Nov. 14, and a potential rematch is sure to rake in gobs of cash for the promotion, especially if it anchors the historic UFC 200 card.
"I think it will be the biggest fight in UFC history," Fertitta said about Holm versus Rousey 2. "We certainly believe that as a company. I think the world will be interested in a rematch because it was a huge upset. So many people thought Ronda was just completely invincible. To see her get beat like that was a shock. They want to see if she can come back.
"We'd like to make that fight happen in July at UFC 200. We're still talking to Holly's management team to figure out whether that works for them. We should know in the near future."