It’s a bittersweet time for Ronda Rousey fans right now, although the excitement is there for her highly-anticipated return in December, she may not be sticking around for too long.
After taking a year-long break from the Octagon, Rousey battles Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight crown she lost to Holly Holm last year.
However, speaking with Ellen DeGeneres, Rousey dropped the bombshell that her UFC 207 outing will be one of her final fights as a mixed martial artist, claiming that the show won’t be around forever.
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Now fans are left wondering just how many more fights she has left in her.
A loss to Nunes means she’ll probably shorten those plans with a couple of big fights still available, such as a third clash with Miesha Tate, a rematch with Holm of even a super fight with Cris Cyborg looking like the most attractive options.
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A title win means she could perhaps stick around a little longer to defend her title, with new contenders continuing to emerge, and the fights mentioned above could still happen.
UFC president Dana White has now revealed that the former champion had informed him of her decision, but didn’t reveal how many fights she actually has left in her.
He told TMZ: “Listen, I don’t want to take the wind out of her sail, let her say her own stuff, obviously I know what’s going on with her, but yeah it’s winding down for Ronda.
“That’s up to her to say (on how many fights she has left). I don’t want to steal her thunder. It’s her career, but she’ll have enough for us to still enjoy watching her.”
The question on everybody’s mind was why Rousey is deciding to call it quits so soon, she’s not even 30-years-old yet, and only has one blip on an otherwise impeccable record.
She perhaps still has the ability to get back to the top and dominate the division like she did since she was competing back in Strikeforce, but White has also revealed that her reason for exiting sooner rather than later is because of outside projects.
Rousey has already made appearances in movies such as Entourage, The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, and she was also expected to film two movies during her year-long break, but neither of them went ahead.
White went on to tell TMZ that acting is her passion and once her fighting days are over, she’ll be able to concentrate more on making money from the big-screen by making her acting career a reality.
He added: “Ronda Rousey’s made a lot of money. She made a lot of money; she accomplished what she set out to do. You get to a point, especially in this business, when you have to start looking at things and she loves acting.
“She loves acting, she’s good at it, and if she dedicates herself to it, she’ll be even better at it.
“I think when she’s done, she’s done. At the end of the day, she stopped doing judo; she moved onto mixed martial arts. I think when she’s done with that, she’ll probably move onto acting.”
As far as final fights are concerned right now, Nunes is the biggest obstacle in her way having dethroned Tate in the first round UFC 200, and she will want to make her first title defence a memorable one.
After that, the options are clear.
Tate wants a trilogy fight, Rousey may want to prove she can beat Holm, but the fans will want that super fight with Cyborg before she calls it a day.
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