Ever since Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm in November of 2015 at UFC 193, there has been much speculation about her future in mixed martial arts. That speculation got fueled further once Rousey returned to the cage in December and was soundly defeated by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in 48 seconds. In an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast, president Dana White commented on the speculation, saying that he felt that she might be done with fighting.
“In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now – again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her – but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”
White pointed out Rousey’s competitive nature, saying that he doesn’t believe she will want to fight if she can’t win at the highest level.
“She’s so competitive that, her career and record meant everything to her. And then once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the f*ck am I doing? This is my whole life. This is it? I want to experience and start doing other things.’ And I think that’s what she started to do, and she’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again.”
White also gave her credit for her impact on the sport and noted the records she has set in women’s MMA.
“I’m happy for her. She came in and changed the world. She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women’s fighting, and I hope those records can be broken. I don’t know if they can, but I hope they do.”