Ronda Rousey has said she’ll be back, following her brutal knockout defeat at UFC 193, but Jose Aldo apparently believes “Rowdy” won’t fight again.
Since Rousey was bombed out by Holly Holm on Saturday night, we haven’t heard much from the now former champ. But, Rousey did relay on Instagram that she’s doing okay, plans to take a break, and that “I’ll be back”.
Well, recently Aldo spoke to the media in advance of his December 12th bout with Conor McGregor, and he was asked about Rousey. While doing so, the featherweight champ had this to say about the Judoka’s future in fighting (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting,” Aldo said. “Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You’re crazy [laughs]. In my opinion, I don’t think (she fights again). If she comes back, of course she can (win the title). She was always a fighter, but if I were her, I wouldn’t come back.”
Aldo went on to say that he believes Rousey will go the same route Gina Carano did. Now, if you’re a newbie to the sport, you might not know that back in 2007 and 2008, Carano was the biggest name in women’s MMA. She ended up facing Cris “Cyborg” in 2009, was taken out in the opening round, and elected to stick with acting.
So, there you have it. Is Aldo right about this? It’s kind of hard to imagine Rousey not taking at least one shot at getting the title back isn’t it? She’s made some serious cash, and has lots of opportunities outside the cage, but she certainly seems to like fighting as well.
Aldo-McGregor will headline UFC 194 which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.