Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey who recently has signed a long-term deal with the WWE. While Rousey didn’t close the door on her MMA career, there’s been no hint that she’ll ever return to the Octagon.
In UFC her meteoric rise to superstar status through her reign of dominance in the women’s bantamweight division. Rousey’s undefeated run came to a halt with a head kick KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 and a much quicker devastating defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. She was largely absent from media interviews for most of the past two years since her UFC losses. Prior to that loss, Rousey had won 12 straight fights by stoppage.
The sports entertainment company released a video leading up to her WWE debut, Rousey broke that silence and reflected on how she felt after her destructive defeat to Nunes:
“I remember my last fight, walking away thinking ‘God hates me.’ I had nothing left in me,” Rousey said (Quotes via MMA Fighting).
Rousey went on to reveal how her husband helped her get through those rough times:
“My husband is amazing and he really brought me out of some tough times,” Rousey said. “He would just look at me and just say like, ‘You’re not only this.
You’re more than just a fighter.’ That’s not a bad thing, that’s not something I should be ashamed of, it’s something that I should embrace and showcase to the world and that’s why I’m here.
“I’m not afraid to care anymore,” Rousey said. “I needed to be miserable then to be truly happy now. It’s all led to this and I didn’t even realize that I’ve always been on this path.”
Now Ronda Rousey is on her way to make her debut on April 8 when she will team up with Kurt Angle to face Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a mixed tag-team match at Wrestlemania 34. It seems like mentally and emotionally, Ronda has moved on from her UFC losses and once again ready to shine as WWE superstar:
“I thought the Olympic gold medal was all I was ever gonna care about,” Rousey said. “But life happens and things change. Then UFC was all I thought I was ever gonna care about. And then life happens and things change.
Winning in WrestleMania, it feels like all I’ve ever cared about. I’ve been accumulating all the skills along the way to be the best at this. I was always meant to be on this stage. I was always meant to be at WrestleMania.”
WrestleMania 34 is set to take place, April 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.