Dana White issues statement on shock 'UFC 300 return' for Hall of Famer seven years after retirement fight | The Sun

DANA WHITE insists there is "NO SHOT" in hell that Ronda Rousey ever fights again – let alone returns at UFC 300.

The first woman ever signed to mixed martial arts' premier promotion has been linked with a shock return to the octagon in recent weeks.

It's been rumoured that the former long-reigning women's bantamweight champion is gearing up to make a sensational comeback at the promotion's historic UFC 300 card – which is likely to take place in Las Vegas in late March or April.

But White insists there won't be a 'Rowdy' return next spring, or ever, telling Sports Illustrated: “There’s no shot.

“She’s accomplished everything she set out to do.

"Her dream was to win a UFC championship, then win a WWE championship, and she’s done it.


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“Now she’s starting a family. Ronda has made so much money, and she’s still making a lot of money in sponsorships.”

Rousey, 36, walked away from mixed martial arts in 2016 after suffering a 48-second pasting at the hands of the recently retired Amanda Nunes.

The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist was scrutinised for how she handled her second professional loss and quitting the sport without so much as a goodbye.

But she said last year: “I think it was difficult [to walk away] in both judo and MMA.

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"In that everyone else felt that they wanted more from me.

“In judo, you peak in your mid-20s. I medalled at 21 so I was going to be 25 for the next Olympics.

"Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this is it. You’re going to be the first [American woman] to win Olympic gold.’"

She added: “I didn’t want it anymore and I couldn’t do it for everybody else.

"And I think that’s a mistake that I made with MMA.

"[It] was when I got to that point where I didn’t want it anymore, I kept doing it for everybody else."

The UFC returns to action early on Sunday morning for their 11th pay-per-view card of the year – UFC 293.

The card is headlined by a middleweight title fight between defending two-time middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and surging contender Sean Strickland.

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