Ronda Rousey has stepped away from the MMA world for now as she focuses on becoming a success as a superstar in the WWE, but that doesn't mean UFC is completely behind her. It's a big part of her history and one of the reasons why she is in the WWE today.
It's been some time since Rowdy last walked inside an Octagon for a fight, as her last fight was against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship in December 2016. She lost the fight though via knockout.
This was the second defeat of her MMA career, as her first defeat came against Holly Holm at UFC 193 a year before in November 2015. From being one of the most dominant MMA fighters in UFC history to two crushing defeats in a row, Rousey was in a very low place.
For one of the first times, Rousey opened up reflected on how she felt after her defeat to Nunes, as she said to WWE: "I remember my last fight, walking away thinking ‘God hates me.’ I had nothing left in me."
The former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion went on to reveal how much her husband helped her get through those rough times.
Rowdy said: “My husband is amazing and he really brought me out of some tough times. He would just look at me and just say like, ‘You’re not only this. You’re more than just a fighter.’ That’s not a bad thing, that’s not something I should be ashamed of, it’s something that I should embrace and showcase to the world and that’s why I’m here.
“I’m not afraid to care anymore. I needed to be miserable then to be truly happy now. It’s all led to this and I didn’t even realize that I’ve always been on this path.”
Now on her way towards her first match with the WWE at WrestleMania 34, it looks as though mentally and emotionally, Rousey has moved on from her UFC defeats and is now ready to shine as a WWE superstar.
She said: “I thought the Olympic gold medal was all I was ever gonna care about. But life happens and things change. Then UFC was all I thought I was ever gonna care about. And then life happens and things change. Winning in WrestleMania, it feels like all I’ve ever cared about.
"I’ve been accumulating all the skills along the way to be the best at this. I was always meant to be on this stage. I was always meant to be at WrestleMania.”
It looks as though Rousey is pretty happy with her position now in the WWE, but hopefully she does return to UFC at some point in the future to end her legacy inside the Octagon the right way.
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