One of the biggest stars our sport has ever seen may have hung up her gloves already.
Ronda Rousey was without question the biggest pioneer in terms of making Women’s MMA a global force. Having become Strikeforce Bantamweight champion and then the inaugural Women’s Bantamweight champion, Ronda went undefeated in a span of over 4 years. The majority of her wins came in under a minute with her patented armbar submission being a regular finisher.
A fall from grace happened at UFC 193 when Holly Holm dethroned the champ in devastating fashion. Ronda then took a year off from competition only to return at UFC 207 to face challenger Amanda Nunes. Nunes put Ronda away with her superior boxing and power in Round 1.
Since then, questions have loomed whether Ronda has called it a day or not. Somebody that knows Ronda very well, and has kept regular contact with her, is Dana White.
Dana gives an interesting insight in to where he thinks her head is at.
“Ronda and I talk maybe once a week, once every two weeks. She has not said anything to me about a comeback.”
It’s interesting that she hasn’t mentioned a return to the UFC, given her competitive nature. Ronda was an Olympic medalist in Judo prior to her MMA career. Dana has a good read on fighters, not all of the time, but with someone like Ronda it’s a trusted opinion. When asked if he had to give a an opinion on it, this is what he said.
“And If I had to guess, I would guess that she will not come back.”
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