Ronda Rousey still can’t bring herself to use the word retirement but by all accounts her fighting career is done.
Just after signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in January, Rousey left the door open on a a potential return to the UFC but not it appears she’s shutting that down based on her latest comments.
While most believed Rousey was done after suffering a knockout loss to Amanda Nunes back in 2016, the former six-time defending champion had never said anything publicly about not fighting again.
Judging by her new interview, Rousey has all but stated that her UFC career is finished.
“I don’t know. I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo,” Rousey said when asked on “The Ellen Show” about going back to the UFC. “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting.
“I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”
Considering Rousey last stepped onto an Olympic mat in 2008, it’s safe to say she won’t be going back there again anymore than she’ll be booking a new fight in the UFC.
It’s not really surprising that Rousey doesn’t plan on returning to the UFC but she’s never been so forthright when it comes to shutting down the chances that she would even entertain another fight.
Following her last loss, UFC president Dana White stated publicly on numerous occasions that he felt Rousey was done with fighting and he was happy for her to move onto a new career in professional wrestling.
Now Rousey is focused on her new career with WWE where she’s making her professional debut on April 8 as part of WrestleMania 34.
While Rousey admits there are some nerves involved for her first match, nothing can compare to competing on the biggest stages in her athletic career like she did with the Olympics or defending her UFC title on six occasions.
“I’m extremely excited,” Rousey said about debuting in WWE. “I’m nervous but it’s not like Olympic nervous. The worst thing that will happen is I’ll look stupid, which is not the worst thing that could really happen.
“I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for anything. Like really looking forward to it.”