Judging from recent comments a UFC return for Ronda Rousey looks unlikely, at least in the foreseeable future.
Rousey on Tuesday was a guest on “The Ellen Show” and said a return to MMA was as likely as a return to the Olympics.
“I don’t know, 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.”
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has recently signed with the WWE, and that is clearly her focus at least for now, wrestling is a lifelong passion for Rousey.
But with the WWE fanbase historically fickle, wrestlers sometimes struggle to get over with the fans, time will tell if Rousey has a long-term stay in pro wrestling. If Rousey struggles in the pro wrestling world it will be interesting to see Rousey’s reaction, will it be something that will run its course and will Rousey crave a return to ‘real fighting’
There are still clearly scars from her last two MMA fights, the shocking losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes last time out at UFC 207, will time heal those scars or will Rousey want one last fight to try and leave the sport on a high, rather than two straight defeats.
Rousey gets an unfair press, in my opinion, people forget what she brought to the sport, she helped grow the sport and is one of only a handful of truly mainstream crossover stars MMA has produced.
Rousey probably doesn’t help herself sometimes, certainly doing little or no media for the Nunes fight alienated many in the MMA world, but I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Rousey dance one last time.