It’s no secret that 2017 has been a bit of a down year for the UFC, but Dana White says he doesn’t even know if he wants one of the company’s biggest stars, Ronda Rousey, to fight again.
Since Rousey was quickly put away by Amanda Nunes in December, there’s been no official word yet, as to whether the former bantamweight champ will fight again. After the devastating loss, Rousey said she was taking some time to consider her future, but since then, we haven’t heard much from the star herself.
But, since the loss to Nunes was Rousey’s second straight, stoppage defeat, and because she’s has other opportunities, the expectation is that “Rowdy” will likely retire. White has said that he believes the star will, and recently, he told ESPN the following:
“I think people realize she’s probably going to retire,” said White.
But what if Rousey decides she does want to make another run? Or, she wants to fight one more time, so she can try to close out her MMA career on a winning note? Well, White had this to say when asked what he’d do if he gets the call from Rousey:
“I don’t know,” White said. “I don’t know if I’d want her to. The way she came in, the way everything went — it was perfect.
“I’ve never been one of those promoters that looks at, ‘Oh, imagine how much money I can make if Ronda Rousey comes back’ or the Chuck Liddells, all those guys. I’m actually the guy who, when somebody even hints at retiring, says, ‘I think you should retire.’
Now, does this mean White would out right say no to Rousey? If she comes calling for another bout? That’s pretty hard to imagine. After all, Rousey is only 30 year’s old, and it’s not like she’s incurred a lot of stoppage defeats. Until she battled Holly Holm, the Judoka took minimal damage in the vast majority of her bouts.
Then, of course, there’s the business side of things. Although Rousey has lost two straight fights, the new ownership group of the promotion would have a tough time during down the revenue another “Rowdy” bout could bring in.