This may be the last time MMA fans get to see former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who is likely to hang up the gloves after tonight’s fight.
It appears Rousey wants to retire from MMA, her return was most likely motivated by the need to finish with a victory rather than a brutal knockout loss. That’s according to friend and former coach of Rousey’s Jimmy Pedro Jr. He tells Bleacher Report:
“I think she needed the time off. She needed to heal. She was severely depressed. She needed the time to put things in perspective and realize, again, that everyone is human. Everyone gets beat. No one is invincible. When Ronda has something to prove to the world, she’s tough. It’s the way she was brought up. It’s part of her DNA. The Ronda that I know, you have to kill her. She’s never going to quit. If she’s alive and breathing, she’s still fighting. I think she’s going to come out, win this fight and you may never see her again.”
Rousey hasn’t been seen in action since her stunning upset loss to Holly Holm at the UFC 193 PPV in November 2015, one that prompted a year long hiatus with Rousey even going on national TV to reveal she felt suicidal.
Ronda Rousey will challenge Amanda Nunes for the UFC bantamweight championship tonight at UFC 207 from the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.