Last month, it was confirmed that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would be returning from a lengthy hiatus to challenge new champ Amanda Nunes in the main event of December’s UFC 207. The bout will mark Rousey’s first steps into the cage since she was turned off by a Holly Holm head kick last November.
In a recent interview with TMZ, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Rousey is indeed contemplating retirement head of UFC 207.
“Yeah, it’s winding down for Ronda,” The UFC boss said.
When asked how many fights the former champ has left in her, White said he couldn’t say.
“That’s up to her to say, you know what I mean? I don’t want to steal her thunder, it’s her career. But she’ll have enough for us to still enjoy watching her.”
Whenever Rousey does retire, however, White said he’s confident it’ll be for good.
“When she say’s she’s done, she’s done. At the end of the day, she stopped doing judo, she moved onto mixed martial arts, and I think when she’s done with that she’ll probably move onto acting.”
“She loves acting. She’s good at it, and if she dedicates herself to it, she’ll get better at it.”
Despite her retirement plans, White added that he’s confident the UFC can put together a long awaited super fight between Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino before the former champ hangs up the gloves. It’s just a matter of working out what weight the two MMA stars would collide at.
“I’ve been saying it for years that Ronda wants to fight Cyborg,” he said. “Cyborg doesn’t want to go to 135. I think to make this superfight that everybody wants to see, we’ll have to agree on a weight. I dunno yet, Ronda might say ‘I’ll take her at 145,’ I dunno, but I’m just assuming that’s what’s gonna happen.”
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