Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm

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Ronda Rousey's been keeping a low profile since she lost UFC 193 last month, but she will be returning to the ring to fight Holly Holm once again.

In an interview with ESPN Radio on Thursday, UFC president Dana White confirmed a rematch is being scheduled between Rousey, 28, and Holm, 34. "I think that if we didn't make the rematch, me and Lorenzo [Fertitta, UFC CEO] should probably lose our promoter's license," he said.

"That's the fight that's going to happen," said White. "I don't know when, but that's the fight."

White confirmed to ESPN Radio the rematch "is a when not an if," noting, "Ronda Rousey has gone undefeated; she's taken the sport to another level and beaten the best women in the world in 14 seconds, 30 seconds. She deserves a rematch. Holly agrees she deserves a rematch. We'll figure it out."

But while both White and Holm have confirmed they want the rematch to happen, Rousey has yet to publicly comment on whether she's willing to get back in the ring and face her rival. In the initial days following her big loss, sources told E! News the formally undefeated fighter was depressed and, and at the time, she wasn't making any decisions yet about a possible rematch.

Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm

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White, however, seems confident in Rousey's decision, and he's the one who has spoken with her; a UFC spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that White met with Rousey in late-November for a meeting which had been scheduled prior to her UFC 193 defeat. A UFC spokesperson told E! News, "Dana did say that there would be a rematch. No potential dates have been discussed at this point. (E! News also reached out to Rousey's rep, who was not immediately available for comment.)

Rousey has promised fans she'll be back post-defeat, and Holm knows taking her down twice won't be an easy feat.  "I'll have to train twice as hard," she said during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. "She'll be coming back hard. She's a competitive person, and we all know that, so she'll be coming back hard."

—Additional reporting by Baker Machado & Beth Sobol

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