Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has recently signed with WWE to pursue her dream of pro wrestling superstardom.
That being said, she never officially retired from MMA and during her recent appearance on the Ellen Show this week, ‘Rowdy’ explains why she’s done with UFC but won’t retire. Instead, Rousey said a UFC comeback is about as likely as an Olympic comeback.
“I don’t know,” Rousey told host Ellen DeGeneres on the show. “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.”
At the moment Rousey enjoys being a pro-wrestler and will have her first match with the pro-wrestling promotion at WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in New Orleans.
“I’m nervous, but it’s not like Olympics nervous,” Rousey said of her upcoming WrestleMania appearance. “The worst thing that’ll happen is I’ll look stupid, which is not the worst thing that could really happen. I can’t think of the last time I was so excited for anything. I’m really looking forward to it, you know what I mean?”
Before starting her MMA career in 2011, Rousey represented the U.S at the 2008 Olympics in judo where she won the bronze medal.
Winning her first 12 professional fights in a row, Rousey became the face of both women’s MMA and the UFC in general.
After suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, Rousey’s career has been in limbo, and she took some time off from combat sports.