Have you been anxiously anticipating the return of Ronda Rousey to the Octagon? If so, you’ll have to wait a little longer. According to UFC President, Dana White, the former bantamweight champ recently underwent some minor knee surgery, which will keep her on the sidelines for an undetermined amount of time. 

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“I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year. She actually just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training,” White told ESPN on Thursday. 

Rousey, who hasn’t fought since her crushing defeat at the hands of Holly Holm last November, will now clearly need some additional time to strengthen her knee and get back in fighting shape. Just how long is anyone’s guess.

One thing is certain, however. As soon as Rousey is healthy and ready to go, White has given his assurance that she would be given the green light for an automatic shot at the current champ. “If Miesha Tate’s still the champion, she’ll fight Miesha Tate,” White said. “Whoever has the belt is whom Ronda Rousey will fight.”

Check out the interview clip below for White’s full take on Rousey’s UFC return.