UFC president Dana White has revealed Ronda Rousey will never fight again.
Asked by Norton about Rousey on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, White said after speaking to the former women’s bantamweight champion that he suspects she will not fight again.
“It’s funny you asked me that today, [because] I literally talked to her this morning on the way to the gym,” White said in response to a question by Norton. “She’s good, man. Her spirits are good. She’s doing her thing. In the conversation that I had with her, If I had to say right here, right now – and, again, I don’t like saying right here, right now, [because] it’s up to her and [it’s] her thing – but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”
White, who said Rousey “is in a real good place [mentally], very good,” said she told him she had things she wanted to do with her life.
“It’s not that I even think it was an invincible thing, it’s that she’s so competitive that her career and record meant everything to her,” White said. “Then, once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the [expletive] am I doing? This is my whole life? This is it? I want to experience and start doing other things.’ That’s what she’s started to do. She’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again. First of all, unless you spend money like crazy, unless you spend money like Floyd [Mayweather], you’re not going to need money again when you have the kind of money that Ronda has. She’s not a big spender. She’s got a cute place down in Venice, Calif.
“She’s got some plans where I think she wants to move to a more desolate place and do her thing. I’m happy for her, man. She came in [and] she changed the world. She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women’s fighting and I hope those records can be broken.”
He also went on to defend coach Edmond Tarverydyan. He said that when she was winning no one criticised him, but when she loses then people begin to criticize him.
How do you feel about the likelihood that Ronda will never fight again? What would you like to see her do next?