UFC plans to include Ronda Rousey in McGregor-Aldo fight card in December

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Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey (L) of U.S fights with Bethe Correia of Brazil during their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) match, a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defended her title after knocking out Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia in a swift fashion at UFC 190. After winning her fight, which only lasted 34 seconds, “Rowdy” has quickly expressed her intentions to have her next fight on the Jose Aldo versus Conor McGregor fight card in December.

Rousey, one of UFC’s biggest draws, told Fox Sports 1 after her win that it would be really “cool” if she could be included on the unification bout between “Scarface” and “Notorious.” The female champ, who now holds a record of 12-0, will have a trilogy fight with No.1 contender Miesha Tate. Rousey-Tate 3 on the same card as Aldo-McGregor could be the biggest MMA show of all time.

UFC president Dana White confirmed during the UFC 190 post-fight conference that the organisation is trying to make the Aldo-McGregor fight happen on Dec. 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. White added that he is open to adding Rousey on the card since the undefeated female fighter requested for it.

“Yeah, I'd like to put her on that card, and that card is probably going to be in Dallas, Texas,” White said, according to Yahoo Sports. “We're working on it."

Jamie Penick, editor-in-chief of MMATorch, wrote that Rousey could sell her fight on her own, but putting her trilogy fight with Tate on the featherweight unification card would be “massive.” Pennick also added that if UFC can pull off an event with both McGregor and Rousey on the same card, the bout could absolutely rival UFC 100 on pay-per-view.

Meanwhile, White believes UFC 190, which was headlined by women’s bantamweight title bout, could top the record-breaking UFC 189 that collected US$7.2 million (AU$9.8 million) gate. According to MMA Mania, the American businessman expects to have two consecutive PPV events to reach over one-million buys which would be a first for the UFC.

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