If Ronda Rousey (pictured) learned nothing else from getting obliterated by Holly Holm 12 months ago, the former UFC bantamweight champion learned that she’s not long for this MMA game.
While appearing as a guest on “Ellen,” which airs Tuesday, Rousey said her upcoming title tilt against current champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 will be one of her last.
“This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch because the show isn’t going to be around forever,” Rousey said.
This isn’t the first time the UFC’s golden girl has discussed bouncing early from MMA. Last September, the 29-year-old said she was planning to leave the sport that made her a multimillionaire in her rear-view mirror when she reached her 30s.
“I’m not going to be doing this in my 30s. I don’t want to be fighting in my 30s. By 30s, I mean like 31, 32. If you’re actually 30 years old that’s 30, not 30s.”
Rousey already has a career in Hollywood waiting in the wings, so don’t expect to see her in the unemployment line anytime soon. Two years ago, UFC president Dana White admitted he was shocked at how much Rousey was getting paid for her movie rolls.
“Ronda’s making a lot of money [in movies],” White said at the time. “Ronda’s getting paid. I’ve never seen somebody go straight from [the UFC] and go into the movies and make the kind of money she’s making.
“I didn’t even think that was possible. But she is, so good for her.”
Rousey’s decision to quit MMA earlier than originally planned could have a lot to do with what happened at the hands, and feet, of Holm. The former boxing champion annihilated and embarrassed “The World’s Most Dominant Athlete,” knocking her out with a highlight reel head kick that not only cost Rousey her once-untouchable belt, but also her aura of invincibility.
Rousey later admitted to falling into a deep depression after the devastating defeat.
Fast forward 12 months and Rousey says she’s finally gotten her groove back.
“I finally feel like super ninja good,” Rousey told Ellen.
The question MMA fans are wondering following Rousey’s announcement is whether she’ll squeeze in a superfight with Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino before calling it a career. White previously predicted the shootout would set a UFC pay-per-view record with two million buys.
Rousey challenges Nunes for her throne December 30 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.