The moment the huge announcement was made that Ronda Rousey was officially returning to the Octagon, the circumstances of her return drew the whole spectrum of reactions.
UFC announced last week Rousey would make her return at UFC 207 where she would challenge women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in the main event.
UFC President Dana White is no stranger to the criticisms of the promotion’s decisions, and the way he sees it, there was never going to be a decision that everyone agreed on for Rousey’s return.
“It’s one of those things you can never win with people anyway,” White told FOX Sports. “So she doesn’t deserve to fight for the title but if we brought her back against somebody else — ‘oh they’re trying to give her an easy win, they’re trying to build her!’ and this and that.
“If you start listening to Twitter and people on Twitter, good luck to you.”
Rousey is of course returning after a year-long hiatus following UFC 193.
There she faced Holly Holm in a blockbuster bout, looking to defend the UFC title for the sixth time.
Holm dominated the bout, picking Rousey apart on the feet, and knocking Rousey out cold in Round 2 with a picture-perfect head kick.
Given the one-sided nature of the loss, many are against the idea of Rousey getting an immediate title opportunity.
White more so takes the stance that one loss does not erase everything she did prior to that.
“When do we not put the best against the best? That’s what we do,” White said.
“Ronda lost one fight but Ronda is still one of the best fighters on Earth. So she will fight one of the other best fighters on Earth.”