A lot of folks predicted that Ronda Rousey wouldn’t return to the Octagon, following her quick defeat to Amanda Nunes in December, and Dana White believes that’s probably going to be the case.
Nunes needed less than one minute to finish the superstar at UFC 207, which marked the first time Rousey had fought, since she was knocked out by Holly Holm in November, 2015. Since Rousey has talked openly about the fact that she doesn’t plan to fight much longer, and because she’s done quite well for herself financially, many forecast that “Rowdy” would retire.
Well, Rousey didn’t announce she was hanging up the gloves, instead, the former bantamweight champ said she was taking some time to consider her future. White was a guest on the UFC’s recent “Unfiltered” podcast, however, and during it the promotion’s president said this about Rousey (quote via MMA Fighting):
“In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now — and again, I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her — but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living life outside of fighting.”
“…It’s not even that I think it’s an invincible thing, it’s just that she’s so competitive that her career and record meant everything to here,” he said. “And then once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘what the f*ck am I doing? This is my whole life — this is it? I want to experience and start doing other things…’
Now, of course it remains to be seen what happens, as you never know: maybe Rousey will decide she wants to fight again. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case based off what White’s reporting.