Former UFC Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey somewhat announced her “retirement” on Tuesday’s edition of “Ellen.”
Rousey was on the show to hype her much anticipated pro wrestling debut at WrestleMania 34 on April 8.
When host Ellen DeGeneres asked her if she would return to MMA, Rousey responded, “I don’t know. I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo. No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting. I’m just doing what I enjoy, and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”
Given her comments, Rousey confirmed what has been long suspected – that one of the most sensational careers in all of MMA, not only WMMA, had come to an end. Rousey debuted in the UFC in 2013, fighting Liz Carmouche for the inaugural Women’s Bantamweight belt. She won by armbar submission. She went 12-2 in her career, always winning by stoppage (9 wins by armbar, 3 by K/TKO), losing only to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Her MMA resume includes wins over some of the greats, such as, Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, Sarah Kaufman, Alexis Davis, Julia Budd, and more.
While Rousey will remain a controversial figure in the history of MMA, she will also remain one of its most dominant and most popular fighters. She is likely to become a member of the UFC Hall of Fame in the not too distant future.
Rousey has signed a full-time contract with the WWE, where she is scheduled to compete weekly on Monday Night Raw. She will make her in-ring debut on April 8 in a mixed tag team match, partnering with fellow Olympian Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
What do you make of Rousey’s comments?