Ronda Rousey hasn't been seen in the UFC since she dropped her women's bantamweight title to Holly Holm in November 2015, and there have been a further two different title holders since that bout.
Although Rowdy was cleared to compete in December of last year, the most feared female fighter in the history of MMA has stayed away from the octagon.
She was unbeaten for three years before Holm humbled her in Australia and one could imagine her ego took a tremendous hit after the loss. Rousey has even suggested she was depressed in the wake of the defeat.
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However, speaking to the Washington Post, Rousey has insisted fighting is more important than ever and went as far as saying the world would be a better place if people got their aggression out more.
The 29-year-old called MMA “the most responsible outlet for [aggression]," and insisted “It’s a human instinct to fight."
“If you try to suppress [violence] entirely, and put everyone in a bubble-wrapped society, that’s when people start going nuts and shooting movie theaters,” the 13-1 fighter said. “If any of those people that had all of that aggression built up in them had some sort of outlet, I think that we’d have a lot more societal health because of it.”
We're not sure it's that simple, Ronda.
Following the bloodbath between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 202, Rousey was also quick to correct those that think the UFC is barbaric.
“It’s not violence for the sake of violence,” she says. “I mean the word ‘art’ is in it for a reason. When I get in [the octagon], yeah, I’m fighting, but really what I’m trying to do is outsmart the other person. It’s a puzzle to be solved. I’m not just going in there and spazzing out and swinging my hands.”
She added: “It’s more mental and tactical than anything else and I think it’s the purest, most beautiful sport in the world. ”
Rousey is aiming to return to the octagon in 2017 and as one of the biggest draws in the industry, she has a lot to prove after such a humiliating loss.