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Ronda Rousey’s Coach Believes Return to UFC’s Not in “The Cards”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

In recent months there’s been indications that Ronda Rousey is done fighting, there’s been signs that perhaps she isn’t. But, according to one of her coaches, he believes the star is likely going to focus on raising kids with her husband to be, Travis Browne.

After Rousey was quickly taken out by Amanda Nunes in December, the former bantamweight champ reported that she was going to take some time to consider her future. That loss was Rousey’s second straight, stoppage defeat (the other being to Holly Holm in 2015). UFC President Dana White proceeded to say that he didn’t think Rousey would return to the cage.

But, in more recent weeks, Rousey has made some social media posts that some viewed as a possible indication of a comeback. Then, more recently, a nutritionist announced Rousey has joined his team.

Well, Rousey’s Judo coach, Justin Flores, was recently a guest on Submission Radio. The coach believes that all the injuries Rousey has incurred over the years, plus her engagement to Browne, make a comeback very unlikely (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“Personally I don’t think it’s in the cards. I don’t think that’s what she wants in this time of her life. I mean, I’m not discounting anything. Maybe later. But I just don’t see that being something she wants to jump into and focus full force to be the best. Because if she’s gonna do anything, from what I know about her, she’s gonna do it to be the best. And not that I don’t think that she can be the best, it’s just, I just don’t know if her body and her mind at this stage in her life, if that’s what’s right for her. She’s competed her whole life. Her whole life has been about being the best, and I just think personally, the best thing is for her to kind of be okay with herself not as a fighter. So I love her to death, dude. I just know the pain she’s gone through physically, doing this forever, multiple surgeries, concussions, broken bones, weight cutting. All those things add up and take its toll, and it’s accumulative. So being 30 years old now and doing this since you were eight years old non-stop, I mean, the mileage you’ve put on your body and that she’s put on her body, I just don’t think if she wants to, you know, live a long happy life and raise kids with Travis, which I know that’s the future, I just don’t think that’s something I feel like would be in her best interests.”

As many others have noted, Rousey certainly doesn’t need to fight. She’s done ridiculously well for herself and continues to have opportunities outside of the Octagon. As April closes out, we still haven’t heard whether she intends to fight again, which could very well indicate that her storied career has come to a close.

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