While Ronda Rousey has stated several times since her UFC 193 KO loss to Holly Holm that she would be returning to the Octagon for a rematch with Holm after filming several movies, the former champ has been surprisingly happy away from fighting.
Instead the UFC booked Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 196, with Rousey set to fight the winner of that fight at a later date.
On MMAJunkie Radio, Rousey discussed her absence from the sport:
“MMA? Yea, they’ve been making me go non-stop,” Rousey told MMA Junkie. “I mean, my first year I fought six times. I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a long time. In Judo, I took a good period of time off after the Beijing Olympics and I feel like I’m bodily and mentally in a similar space where it’s just what I need right now.”
“It’s been surprising to me how happy I’ve been being away from [fighting],” said Rousey. “I’m being purposefully mysterious right now because I think people have taken my availability for granted, and I’ve kind of just wanted to disappear.”
On March 5th after Holly Holm and Miesha Tate fight we will likely have a better idea of when Rousey will return to the Octagon.