Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returned to the mixed martial arts world Thursday in preparation for her highly anticipated rematch with current titleholder and foe Holly Holm.
Rousey was spotted training and working the mitts for the first time in months with her trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club in California on Thursday, according to TMZ.
The 28-year-old superstar Rousey, who famously saw her perfect record and title belt ripped away in November after Holm struck her with a second-round knockout kick to the temple, has spent the last few months recovering from her injuries as well as filming two movies.
Since her stunning upset defeat, Rousey has hosted sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” worked on a remake of “Road House” and beside actor Mark Wahlberg in “Mile 22,” leaving little time to work out or strategize how she plans on taking down Holm and getting her title back.
That jam-packed schedule, as well as a busted lip and jaw and a concussion that afforded her a medical sit-down from UFC, left the rematch date with Holm up in the air for months and it’s still presently unknown exactly when Rousey vs. Holm II will take place.
Original speculation pegged the rematch for UFC 200 in July in Las Vegas, but production on “Road House” nixed those chances.
The trained boxer Holm, 34, originally wanted to re-enter the octagon against Rousey as soon as possible, but Rousey’s injuries and UFC president Dana White’s quite clear plan of spacing the two bouts far apart in order to build hype and momentum leading up to the event, stymied the opportunity.
Instead, Holm could very well be the former champion herself when she again meets Rousey. Holm is scheduled to stare down former Strikeforce champion and Rousey rival Miesha Tate at UFC 196 on March 5.