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UFC president Dana White Said he would “lose his promoter’s license” if he couldn’t make the Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey rematch happen. This week, he might be regretting those words.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, White revealed that Rousey has recently asked for more time off. This sinks her targeted July return date and mean’s she’ll likely miss UFC 200. Her reason for staying away? Rousey is starring in the Roadhouse remake, and filming will keep her too busy to train.
“The filming of the movie got pushed back,” White told Yahoo. “She could do both, but the question is, should she do both? She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she’d finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close.”
The decision isn’t the biggest surprise. Before taking on Holly Holm, Rousey hinted that she would take a hiatus from the Octagon to pursue some of her other career interests. Sill, this definitely puts UFC’s decision to allow a pre-Rousey Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate match in better perspective. As it stands now, Rousey is on indefinite leave from the UFC and might not return before the end of the year. Regardless, White says Rowdy has earned the time off.
“The way I look at this one is, Ronda has worked her ass off for us,” added White. “She’s been fighting, promoting and building the sport. If anyone deserves the time off, it’s her.”