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Is Ronda Rousey Going To Retire From The UFC Soon?

Submitted by on November 1, 2016 – 11:33 amNo Comment

On December 30, Ronda Rousey will finally make her looooooong-awaited return to the UFC when she takes part in a fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. It’ll be her first fight in more than 13 months—her last fight ended in a stunning loss to Holly Holm—and while she’s expected to win, most people don’t know what to expect from Rousey during the fight. Will she be able to overcome such a long layoff and beat Nunes to reclaim her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt?

There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding the match, and it just got even more intriguing thanks to an interview that Rousey did on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Rousey will appear on the show on Tuesday afternoon, and during her interview with Ellen, she was asked about how much longer she plans on fighting. Her response was surprising.

“Not that long,” she said. “I’m wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch the show. It isn’t going to last forever.”

It’s worth noting that Rousey is in the entertainment business, so she’s supposed to say things like this. It’s what helps sell big-time fights like UFC 207, as it adds to the storyline surrounding it. The idea that the fight could potentially be her last will force a lot of people to pay up to see the fight. However, there’s a strong chance that Rousey is doing more than just hyping up the fight here. Her time in the UFC could actually be coming to an end.

At 29, Rousey still has life left in her, and the layoff between her fight with Holm and her fight with Nunes probably did her mind and body a lot of good. At the same time, Rousey has other interests outside of the Octagon that she wants to pursue, like acting, and fighting for an extended period of time could put those pursuits in jeopardy. Even though she lost to Holm, she’s still viewed as something of a superhero in the sports world, but she could do a lot of damage to her reputation if she continues to lose. So winning a match or two and then calling it quits could be the right move for her.

At any rate, winning is what’s important for Rousey right now. If she loses to Nunes or loses a match after that, she might not get to decide when her career is over. So she needs to focus on that fight and then decide what’s next.

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