Ronda Rousey, a former bantamweight champion who signed with WWE, where she’ll debut at WrestleMania in April, While she wouldn’t confirm she was retiring from the world of MMA.
So committed to chasing her childhood obsession, In fact, she’s already been training for several months and made her (PPV) return at last Sunday night’s Royal Rumble.
Rousey has been a wrestling fan since a child and idolized the late Roddy Piper.
So what does that mean for her UFC future?
Ronda Rousey hasn’t stepped foot inside the UFC Octagon since 2016 following her disastrous 48-second loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Clearly, however, Rousey refused to give an answer while Speaking to ESPN in an interview that was released briefly after her appearance at Royal Rumble.
“That’s what everybody else seems to say. I never retired from judo,” Rousey said of her retirement from MMA. “If that’s what you guys want to think. All I know is that I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now, and whatever people want to call that, they can call it.”
“I wouldn’t doubt myself doing anything,” she concluded when asked if she’d ever return to the UFC.
she noted that’s not currently her focus but did say that doesn’t want to consider herself retired from fighting, but assures her sole focus at present is pro wrestling.
“This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” Rousey said. “When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.’”
“I never retired from Judo, so if that’s what you guys want to think. All I know is I want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling now. If people want to call that, they can call it.”
She still refuses to talk about her past two losses in UFC octagon.
Rousey is attempting to bring UFC president Dana White into the wrestling world.
“Dana is still one of my best friends,” Rousey said.
“I love him. He’s been super supportive of this since the very beginning. I told him I want to bring him to a show so I can show him. It’s so different when you’re actually there. It’s the same thing they say about fighting. It’s so different. I got him to say he’ll come to a show with me some day.
“ … I can’t wait to show him why I love it so much. I can’t wait for him to catch the bug too because I know he will.”
Do you think Ronda Rousey will ever back in the UFC’s Octagon?