There was a lot of fanfare and discussion when Ronda Rousey said she was coming back to the UFC. In an interview appearance Tuesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the former women’s bantamweight champion made a clear statement that she does not intend to stay much longer.
Rousey (12-1), is slated to take on Amanda Nunes at the UFC 207 event that will take place on December 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Rousey will be trying to win back the women’s bantamweight championship that she lost to Holly Holm in November of 2015 in her first fight in the Octagon since that loss. Nunes (13-4) defeated Miesha Tate to win the championship at UFC 200 and has scored nine knockout wins.
When asked how much longer she plans to compete, Rousey said, “Not for long. 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.”
Rousey has stayed mostly out of the spotlight since her November loss to Holm. UFC President Dana White had defended her decision to do so, saying she needed a break after three pay per view events in 2015. Rousey echoed that sentiment in the interview.
“I think it’s the buildup that is more tiring than anything else. If we had a fight right now, I’d fight and go get dinner and I wouldn’t really feel tired about it. It’s the weeks and weeks of buildup beforehand. You know you’re fighting this one person, it’s like your showdown, the most important thing in your whole life. Millions of people are watching. If it just happened right now, I would not be nervous. It’s all the waiting.”
Rousey, a 2008 Olympic judo medalist and former Strikeforce fighter, was the first woman signed to UFC in 2012. She quickly became the first women’s bantamweight champion, successfully defending the belt six times prior to the UFC 193 loss to Holm. She won 12 straight fights and became one of the most recognizable names in MMA.
Information from ESPN.com was used in this piece.