The UFC has seen its fair share of blockbuster success in 2016.
Between UFC 196, UFC 200 and UFC 202, Octagon show-runners have hosted three high-profile events over the past 10 months. With UFC 205 and UFC 207 featuring the two most popular fighters in the sport before the calendar year comes to a close, that trend will likely continue as we enter the new year.
None of those events, however, would compare to what sort of numbers Dana White anticipates for a potential bout between Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Rousey is finally set to make her return to the Octagon at UFC 207 Dec. 30, challenging Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight crown.
Should she win that fight, White says the longtime fantasy matchup between Rousey and “Cyborg” would become a reality once more. What’s more, he expects it to be the biggest PPV event in company history.
“I promise you this, Ronda has to come in and fight on December 30th. OK? Ronda has to win, and the girl that she’s fighting is no pushover. She’s nasty and tough and Ronda’s got a fight on her hands there,” White said on FOX Sports 1’s “Speak for Yourself” (h/t MMA Fighting).
“She wins that fight, her and Cris ‘Cyborg’ are eventually going to fight. Ronda wants that fight. It will be the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history.”
Rousey hasn’t fought since her stunning upset defeat to Holly Holm last November.
Justino, meanwhile, has since made her UFC debut and headlined her first event inside the Octagon in back-to-back TKO wins over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg.