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Ronda Rousey Not Returning To The Octagon This 2016?

Ronda Rousey Not Returning To The Octagon This 2016?

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It’s been a while since Ronda Rousey was seen at a UFC match, and it looks like she won’t be returning anytime soon despite previous rumors.

During her appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the former bantamweight champion will not be seen in action in the highly anticipated UFC 205 fight, which will happen in New York City on November 12.

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

The last time the UFC star fought was in the UFC 193, which was in November last year; it was the match where she relinquished the bantamweight championship to Holly Holms after being brutally knocked out, which also happens to be her first UFC loss.

This New York fight is a historic event for the UFC since the state had banned an MMA fight in 1997, and even though this is a celebrated event, and may be the right time for her return, Rousey made a pass.

Despite her being M.I.A since the said event, White said that although nothing is planned yet, the discussion for Rousey’s return is on going and there is still a chance to see her back at the Octagon before this year ends.

There are still hope to see her fight at UFC 206 in Toronto on Dec. 10 or UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

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Dana White Confirms $4 Billion UFC Sale

Dana White Confirms $4 Billion UFC Sale

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On Sunday night, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the company had been sold to a group headed by the talent agency, WME/IMG for approximately $4 billion.

The new group bought out the shares of Fertitta Brothers (81 percent) and White (9 percent). As for the Abu Dhabi-based Flash Entertainment, their 10 percent shares are staying intact for the moment.

White confirmed via text message that he will be staying in the company as an owner and president to oversee the day-to-day operations.

“I’m obviously bummed about not being in business with my best friend [Lorenzo Fertitta] and my partners of 20 years,” White said. “I am happy about the future of the UFC, the sport and my role moving forward.”

White and the Fertitta brothers purchased the company in 2001, for $2 million from the Semaphore Entertainment . It struggled in their early years and in 2004, the company funded the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” as a last hope to save the company.  This move enabled them to reach a new demographic, the 18 to 34 years old became their strongest market.

It was in May when the rumors about the company’s sale went around, which White immediately denied at the time. WME/IMG will not be playing an active role in the operations of the new company and sale is expected to be completed before UFC 202 on August 20.

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Tito Ortiz Compliments Rival Dana White For Signing CM Punk To Join UFC

Tito Ortiz Compliments Rival Dana White For Signing CM Punk To Join UFC

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You may remember that former wrestling champ CM Punk was recently fired (and on his wedding day, no less) by WWE’s Vince McMahon. Well, CM Punk wasn’t unemployed for long after he was signed by UFC head Dana White—a decision that Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz actually thinks was a good idea.

The odd thing, fans would know, is the fact that 39-year-old Ortiz is praising White’s decision, despite the fact that they’ve been feuding for years and almost got to face each other in the ring back in 2007.

“They’re making money,” Ortiz told TMZ Sports about the decision that will reportedly benefit the UFC. “It’s great for them.”

Watch his brief interview below:

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