It has been nine months since former women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, has stepped foot inside the Octagon. And it could be many more thanks to a recent knee scope, which came on the heels of her jacked jaw, as well as her budding acting career. Indeed, company president Dana White is often befuddled when the subject of her return is broached, recently hoping that she could make her comeback, "at the beginning of the year  or something."
During her "well deserved" time away from the sport, the female 135-pound division has been wide open. Holly Holm -- who wrecked Rousey at UFC 193 back in Nov. 2015 via second round knockout (physically and emotionally) -- dropped the belt in her first-ever title defense to "Rowdy" rival, Miesha Tate. She couldn't hold onto the strap long, either, coughing it up to Amanda Nunes via first round submission four months later at UFC 200.
With all the unpredictable action -- and seemingly endless amount of potential match ups and showdowns -- several top-ranked (and emerging) contenders, namely Julianna Pena (No. 5), are already moving on from the "Rowdy" era. And they aren't being particularly nice about it.
Anyway, while Rousey keeps cashing in on the sidelines -- her UFC return a mystery wrapped in a riddle -- the rest of the women's Bantamweight division keeps on chugging. Even though Nunes actually prefers a big money match against Rousey, as soon as UFC 205 in Nov. 2016, she will "settle" for whooping Pena instead.
Tate, Holm and Valentina Shevchenko all want a taste, too.