Ronda Rousey Will Not Compete At UFC 205

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UFC 205 will be the first UFC show in Madison Square Garden, but it will not feature the return of former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, according to UFC President Dana White.

White appeared on the most recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast and confirmed Rousey will not be fighting at the historic event. White also said that there is nothing yet planned for Rousey's next fight.

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

While Rousey will not compete at UFC 205, there is still a chance that she may compete at some point in 2016. According to FOX Sports, Rousey is planning for her return to the octagon by the end of 2016 or early 2017, but no fight has been schedule for her. Cris "Cyborg" Justino did challenge Rousey to a fight at UFC 205, but Justino will fight Lina Akhtar Lansberg in the main event of UFC Fight Night 95 on September 24.

UFC did announce at the UFC 204 press conference that they will hold 19 shows through the last 20 weeks of 2016, with UFC 207 taking place on December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as the last UFC show of 2016.

Rousey last fought at UFC 193 last November, losing via knockout in the second round to Holly Holm and her Women's Bantamweight title. As of this writing, there are no fights officially booked for UFC 205.

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