Since suffering a devastating KO at UFC 207, Ronda Rousey has been quiet, so her future in the sport remains unclear. But, the UFC isn’t expecting her to return.
During an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast (via ESPN), UFC president Dana White revealed that he’s spoken to Rousey recently and doesn’t feel she wants to fight again.
“Her spirits are good and she’s doing her own thing,” he said. “In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here, right now — and I don’t like saying right here, right now because it’s up to her, it’s her thing — but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done.
“I think she’s going to ride off in the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”
Whether Rousey (12-2) decides to return or not, her impact on the sport is undeniable. She became the first female champion in 2012, and helped lift the sport to new heights, as she became a mainstream celebrity. “She changed the world,” White said. “She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women fighting and I hope those records can be broken. I don’t know if they can, but I hope they can.”
During her reign as champ, she had a dominant run of six consecutive title defenses, before suffering a shocking knockout loss to Holly Holm in November 2015 at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. The fight drew a crowd of 56,214, the largest attendance in UFC history.
Following the loss, Rousey went on a year-long hiatus, before returning to the cage on Dec. 30 to fight new champion Amanda Nunes. In the lead up to the fight, Ronda did not speak to any media and did not participate in almost any promotion for the fight, other than pre-filmed visuals by the UFC. When fight night came, she was completedly destroyed by Nunes in just 48 seconds… and in spectacular fashion.
What’s next for Rousey? White says she will likely explore other things in life, and also “move to a desolate place” away from the spotlight.
“Once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the f*ck am I doing? This is my whole life? This is it? I want to experience doing other things.’ That’s what she started to do,” he says. “She’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again. Unless you spend money like crazy, you’re not going to need money again when you have that kind of money Ronda has, and she’s not a big spender. She has a cute place down in Venice, California. She’s got some plans, I think she wants to move to a desolate place and do her thing.”