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Dana White: Ronda Rousey will not fight at historic UFC 200, 'not sure' when she will return

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It seems as though cooler, or in the case of Ronda Rousey, balder heads have prevailed. Company president Dana White tonight (Jan. 12, 2016) confirmed that his former women's Bantamweight champion -- and biggest box office draw -- will not participate at UFC 200, which is scheduled to take place inside the brand new MGM-AEG Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 9, 2016.

In addition, White informed Yahoo! Sports that he is "not sure" when "Rowdy" will return to the Octagon thanks to a combination of obligations outside the cage and three years of insane wear-and-tear inside it.

He explains:

"The filming of 'Roadhouse' got pushed back. 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.... What that woman has done is above and beyond what anyone has done. I mean, it's just unbelievable what she's done in the last three years. Anything we needed, she didn't say no to anything; said no to nothing. She even took over responsibilities somebody else was supposed to have. So when she tells me she wants more time, you know what? She's got it."

Indeed, Rousey has performed quite a miraculous juggling act, competing seven times in three years, all the while handling public relations, media, modeling and acting responsibilities, among others. In fact, she was not originally supposed to headline UFC 193 in Nov. 2015, which is when she dropped her 135-pound belt to Holly Holm in devastating fashion. On the contrary, like she has often done in the past, Rousey stepped up on short notice to save a pay-per-view (PPV) event when Robbie Lawler had to withdraw because of a hand injury.

The rest is history. And now Rousey will have to miss out on being a part of UFC history by passing on a major milestone PPV event. The good news is that she will have more time to plug her various stand up holes and return better prepared for her rematch with Holm, a decorated former professional boxer who essentially clowned her for 1.5 rounds before landing a brutal head kick knockout.

No guts, no glory.

Meanwhile, it will give Holm, who will defend her belt for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 197 on March 5, 2016 (more details here), the opportunity to enhance her highlight reel and build momentum for a monster clash with Rousey. Even if Tate defeats Holm in two months, UFC will have a money-making trilogy match, as well as a bank-breaking rematch, in its back pocket.

Seems like a win-win scenario, unless, of course, Rousey follows the Hollywood path that former mixed martial arts (MMA) and crossover star Gina Carano blazed before her.

Cash is king.

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