Earlier this year it was believed that the UFC would book Ronda Rousey for its New York City debut last month, but after what went down in 2015, the superstar turned the opportunity down.
Rousey is preparing to make her long awaited return on December 30th, when she takes on the new bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 headliner. It will mark the first time Rousey has fought, since she was KO’d by Holly Holm last November, in what was one of the biggest upsets the sport has ever seen.
That defeat closed out a ridiculously busy year for Rousey, which saw her fight three times and do a ton of press along the way. Not to mention the commitments “Rowdy” had related to her acting and modelling career.
In advance of UFC 207, Rousey spoke with ESPN Magazine, and she talked openly about her decision to take a break, and enjoy life. Especially since she underwent knee surgery several months ago. Here is some of what Rousey had to say about how she is setting priorities now:
“I will never put my body at risk for money and views ever again. What makes me happy is winning and being the best in the world and that’s it. F— all the promotion and energy spent on anything that’s not me winning. And anyone who tries to tell me I owe them energy on frivolous s— during camp out of ‘loyalty’ or ‘friendship’ deserves no loyalty from me and is no friend of mine.
“This is not a time for f—ing favors. This is a time for redemption and revenge.”
Wow. December 30th is going to be one crazy night. UFC 207 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.