Rousey will challenge the new bantamweight champ in the headliner of UFC 207, which will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will mark the first time Rousey has fought, since Holly Holm shocked the MMA world last November, by KO’ing “Rowdy”.
Since that bout, there’s been no shortage of speculation and debate, as to whether Rousey is in fact focused on her fighting career. This talk was only heightened recently, when the Judoka revealed that the Nunes bout will be one of her last. As a result of that comment, and because Rousey’s opportunities aren’t limited to the Octagon, many believe she will retire, if Nune defeats her.
In a recent story with MMA Fighting, Nunes had this to say about Rousey, and the star’s future in fighting:
“I don’t fear Ronda’s ground game, Ronda’s judo, nor her striking,” Nunes said. “I will be ready in all areas. Whatever happens in the fight, I will have an answer for it. That’s what gives me the advantage in this fight.
“And yes, I believe I will (retire Ronda Rousey).”
Is Nunes right on this? Maybe. If the fight is extremely competitive, and Rousey loses just barely, then maybe she will return for a rematch etc. But if Nunes finishes the 29 year-old in devastating fashion, it wouldn’t be surprising if Rousey calls it a wrap. Taking out Rousey, of course, is likely much easier said than done.