Ronda Rousey On UFC 207: ‘This Is Definitely One of My Last Fights’
Ronda Rousey is returning to the octagon for the first time in over a year to fight Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 207. But don’t call it a comeback.
As it turns out, it doesn’t seem as though Rousey is planning on sticking around much longer in MMA. This is essentially Rousey’s retirement run, making the big announcement on Ellen.
“I’m wrapping it up,” Rousey said in her sit-down with Ellen DeGeneres. “This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch because the show isn’t going to be around forever.”
Rousey explained her reason for retiring after just three years in MMA, stating that the training process is incredibly draining.
“I think it’s more of the build up that’s more tiring than anything else,” Ronda explained. “Like if we had a fight right now, I’d fight right now and I’ll go get dinner, and I wouldn’t feel really tired about it. It’s the weeks and weeks of build-up beforehand, and you know you’re fighting this one person, and it’s this showdown, the most important thing in your life, and millions of people are watching. It’s that build-up for weeks on end. If it just happened right now, I wouldn’t be nervous at all. It’s the waiting.”
This is kind of distressing news for Rousey’s chances at UFC 207. We’ve seen in the past that anything less than 100% psychological dedication to the sport could be detrimental to a fighter’s performance in the octagon. Hell, Rousey seemed completely out of it, mentally, in the minutes leading up to her loss to Holly Holm last year, and the same could be said of Miesha Tate, who lost the women’s bantamweight title to Nunes at UFC 200 this past July. In short, it sounds like Rousey already has one foot out the door, whereas Nunes is only just getting started as a major name in the women’s bantamweight division. Granted, if Rousey is simply the better fighter on December 30, then her attitude about it isn’t really going to matter.
What do you think? Can Rousey win? How much longer will she stick around? Sound off in the comments!
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