When Ronda Rousey was emphatically beaten into oblivion by Amanda Nunes last December, most people assumed that was the end of her MMA career. Back-to-back loses to Holly Holm and Nunes put all of Rousey’s weaknesses on display. It was evident her noted armbar submission finisher was useless against women who were actually elite strikers.
Rousey hasn’t been much of a public figure since that second loss, fueling speculation that she won’t bother with another UFC comeback. Additionally, she recently made a brief appearance at the WWE’s Mae Young Classic last month (an all-female tournament) and reportedly met with Triple H. One of Rousey’s best friends is Shayna Baszler, who is become a bit of an indie wrestling star. And of course, Rousey appeared at WrestleMania 31 alongside The Rock in one of the best wrestling/UFC crossover moments.
Even if the WWE is Rousey’s future, she apparently hasn’t given up on her past. UFC president Dana White confirmed this week that she hasn’t filed retirement papers, nor has she been removed from the UFC’s anti-doping program, which requires fighters make all their whereabouts known to the United States Anti-Doping Agency for random testing.
“That’s not because she had to, that’s the way Ronda Rousey is built,” said White, according to ESPN. “Ronda Rousey is super competitive and doesn’t like to lose. I know she’s been criticized for that by a lot of people, but that’s just who she is and the way she is.”
White was also asked whether he considered Rousey’s dramatic fall from grace as a sad story.
“…Now she’s going to move on to the next chapter of her life, get married and have kids, do that thing. It’s not sad, it’s the way she wanted it.
“I don’t know. I don’t know if I’d want her to [come back]. The way she came in, the way everything went — it was perfect.”
White went to say that when a fighter is retired, or even considering retirement, he takes it as a sure sign that retirement in the right choice. He also said he has no interest in bringing back retired greats like Chuck Liddell just for a big payday.