Rousey was considered as UFC 176 main event replacement

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

At UFC 175 the guy in the truck told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan to ask Ronda Rousey in the cage if she wanted to fight at UFC 176. UFC president Dana White was not amused.

“That was some s— that somebody made up back there,” said White. “It was the biggest idiotic move in the history of our production team.”

However, the guy in the truck may have been on to something.

The announcement was made by ZUFFA CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, in an interview with Kevin Iole for Yahoo Sports.

Another piece of news came out of the postponement. Fertitta said UFC officials had talked amongst each other about potentially putting Ronda Rousey in a title fight in place of Aldo-Mendes, though he said it never progressed as far as talking to Rousey or her team about it. Fertitta revealed that Rousey also broke her right hand in her successful title defense Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas against Alexis Davis.

Rousey received nine stitches in her right hand when a cyst on a knuckle ruptured. She also said at the postfight news confernece that she needs minor surgery on her right knee.

Now, with the broken hand, it's clear she'll be out for a while. With no other championship fights able to be made on such short notice, UFC officials opted to scrap the event entirely.

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With Rousey facing knee surgery, a cyst that exploded requiring nine stitches backstage, and a broken hand, it is not yet known when she will return to the Octagon.