Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is set to make her comeback after over a year out from competition.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will take on the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in a five-round title fight and will get a chance to get back to the top of the division. This comes just a little over a year since Holly Holm shocked the world by knocking Rousey out in the second round of their fight at UFC 193.
Prior to the announcement that Rousey would return to fight at UFC 207, which will close out the year on December 30, many questioned if the former champion would ever fight again. Rousey had already accumulated massive success in her MMA career and began a career outside of the Octagon with endorsements and starting another career in acting.
“If money is the motivation, then f— you,” Rousey said in a recent story by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “All these Money people… Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it.
“The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.”
Shelburne states that Rousey never had expensive taste and her idea of a fun night involves just staying at home with boyfriend Travis Browne, playing World of Warcraft or reading mind-opening posts on Reddit.
“I’ve had no money before, and it wasn’t the end of the world,” said Rousey. Shelburne adds that Rousey is dreaming of moving to a home in Idaho or Alaska with Browne and their future kids set up with an animal sanctuary. “All I need is me and Travis and our little house in the woods, popping out babies and making snowmen and I’m cool, man. Really, I’m good.”
Rousey says money isn’t the motivation for her comeback. It’s simply the competitive nature in her that made her so successful and regarded by many as one of the best fighters in the world.
“I want to be able to walk away with my head held high,” Rousey says. “It’s like a painter looking at what he made and knowing it’s not done yet. You could get away with it. You could sell that painting and it would sell. But you’ll always know it was never as good as it could have been. I don’t want ‘Good enough’ to be my legacy.”