Unless you started your New Year’s celebrations very early, and have been oblivious to the world since, then you know that Nunes stopped Rousey in just 48 seconds on Friday night. Since Rousey has gigs outside of fighting, has made plenty of money, and has now been decisively beaten in consecutive fights, many believe the Judoka will retire from pro MMA.
Well, evidently, Rousey isn’t ready to make any decisions about her fighting future, as recently she sent the following statement to ESPN:
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me,”
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens next for “Rowdy”. On one hand, she does have opportunities outside of MMA, in terms of acting, modelling etc. Chances are if she did retire, FOX Sports would love to bring her on board as a commentator for the UFC.
But, Rousey is clearly a very competitive person. Does she want to close out her fighting career on this note? Maybe she’ll decide she wants to fight one more time? And will do so having prepared for it at a bigger, more well established MMA camp? Returning to the win column would likely bring about more opportunities outside of fighting as well.