After two soul crushing and embarrassing losses, many have wondered if Ronda Rousey will ever return to mixed martial arts. Aside from a small segment of her most loyal fans, the general consensus seems to be no. That contingent includes UFC president Dana White, who said as much a few weeks after her shocking loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Fast forward to today and he’s still singing the same tune.
White and Rousey have been close for awhile and he considers her to be a close friend. This explains why he’s been so protective of her in the media. But when asked if he’s heard anything about her future, White had this to say:
“I have not,” White said. “Ronda and I talk maybe once a week, once every two weeks. She has not said anything to me about a comeback, and if I had to guess, I would guess that she does not come back.”
Ronda had started to leave the breadcrumbs of her possible retirement before the Nunes fight. Now that she’s focusing more on her acting career – she can next be seen on NBC’s Blindspot – it seems more and more likely that she’s done with fighting. The WWE has been putting out feelers to gauge her interest in appearing in their events as well, so it’s not as if Rousey will be hanging around the house bored all day if she chooses to walk away permanently.
We’ll see which path she ultimately chooses. If she decides to hang it up, no one can discredit for fantastic career.