“Absolutely Positively Not Coming Back Ever”- Dana White Shuts the Door on Ronda Rousey Comeback

Published 03/25/2021, 11:26 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


There have been many instances where UFC fighters have retired and after a few years away from the sport, yearn for the competition, adrenaline rush, and other emotions that come with fighting under the spotlight in front of millions. Miesha Tate is the latest athlete to have come out of retirement to get back into the UFC octagon. 

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The UFC recently announced that the 34-year-old former champion would come back to take on Marion Reneau on July 17th. In stark contrast to where both women are in their respective careers, Reneau is 43-years old and is on the last fight of her UFC contract. She has stated that the fight against Tate would be her last as she plans on hanging up her gloves. 

Following one comeback, questions were around about the potential comeback of another former fighter.

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Dana White reveals Ronda Rousey’s reaction to Miesha Tate’s comeback

In the recent press conference for UFC 260, a reporter asked Dana White if he had spoken to Ronda Rousey recently. 

He said, “Yesterday…. Don’t even f***ing start you guys. Yesterday about lots of different things, not this, but yes we talked yesterday. Absolutely, positively not coming back ever.”

When asked what her reaction was to Tate’s return, White said, “She didn’t say. We didn’t talk about that. I don’t even think she knows”

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Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are two women that spearheaded the growth of women’s mixed martial arts in its natal stages with the UFC. The rivalry between the two women was one of, if not the fiercest rivalry in the UFC. 

Although Tate never beat Rousey, she eventually became a champion in the UFC. However, her reign was short-lived as she was defeated in her very first title defense against Amanda Nunes. 

After succumbing to another loss against Raquel Pennington in her very next fight, ‘Cupcake’ decided to hang up her gloves. This was in November 2016. 

Five years on, Tate is set to return to the UFC octagon. She stated that the sport was calling her, and she had to respond, which is why she is coming back after such a long layoff. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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