For a moment, Ronda Rousey was a consideration to try and save the now-cancelled UFC 176 fight card on Aug. 2, but that idea was quickly put to rest and then completely buried when it was revealed that the champ has a broken hand.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports that company officials had briefly discussed asking Rousey to step in and save the event after featherweight champion Jose Aldo had to withdraw due to injury, but added that the idea was scrapped before they even discussed it with Rousey or her camp.
He then added that it would be a moot point now anyway, as Fertitta revealed Rousey broke her right hand in a successful title defense against Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on Saturday night.
We already knew that Rousey had a cyst in her right hand that burst during the 16-second fight. Although that injury should heal quickly, the broken hand will keep her sidelined for quite a bit longer. Rousey is also expected to have some minor knee surgery during her down time as well.
With no other title fights possible for Aug. 2, Fertitta said it was only logical for the promotion to move the undercard bouts to other upcoming cards and put Aldo vs. Mendes II on a later card this fall, currently targeting a possible October date.
“I think [Aldo-Mendes] will be in October, but we’re not going to know probably for about two weeks what the status of Jose is,” Fertitta said. “Basically, doctors told him no contact and no training for three weeks, and we’re one week into that. We’ll regroup in a couple of weeks and we’ll have some news at that point.”
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com, as we’ll provide an update on Rousey’s expected return as well, as soon as we have word.