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Would Ronda Rousey Consider Retiring After Her Loss To Holly Holm?

Submitted by on November 19, 2015 – 12:25 pmNo Comment
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At UFC 193 on Saturday night, Ronda Rousey was thoroughly overmatched against her opponent Holly Holm and ended up getting knocked out in the second round of the fight. It still feels weird typing that because, heading into the fight, everyone naturally assumed that Rousey was going to be the one to dominate the fight. She had, after all, dominated almost all of her UFC fights in the past, so the thought was that she would have absolutely no trouble doing it again. Holm was going to go down—and go down quickly—during the fight.

That didn’t turn out to be the case, though, so now the question on everyone’s mind is “Where does Rousey go from here?” A day after the fight, Rousey took to Instagram to reveal that, despite getting knocked out by Holm, she will be back in the Octagon before long. However, she is going to be forced to sit out for at least six months due to a medical suspension and, during that time, she is expected to be involved in at least one movie and countless other projects. And one of her fellow UFC fighters Jose Aldo believes that those things could ultimately lead to Rousey stepping away from fighting for good.

“I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting,” he said earlier this week. “Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction, too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You’re crazy. In my opinion, I don’t think [she fights again]…If I were her, I wouldn’t come back.”

Not coming back doesn’t seem like an option for Rousey. If she did that, her loss to Holm would be the lasting impression that people have of her—and she obviously doesn’t want that. But it’ll be interesting to see how she goes about coming back. Does she go right for Holm? Does she build her name back up with a few other fights first? Or does she go for whoever the next big contender is in the women’s division? Whatever the case, we wouldn’t expect her to retire. But who knows? Stranger things have happened.

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