Twenty months ago, Sports Illustrated dubbed then-UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (pictured) “The World’s Most Dominant Athlete.” Fast forward to today, and UFC president Dana White believes his golden girl is “probably done” with MMA following her second consecutive humiliating defeat.
“[Rousey’s] good. Her spirits are good. She’s doing her thing,” White shared on the latest episode of UFC Unfiltered. “In the conversation that I had with her, if I had to say right here right now, and again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her and it’s her thing, but I wouldn’t say she fights again.
“I think she’s probably done. I think she’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”
Outside of Rousey’s boyfriend and UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, White would have a better idea of Rousey’s fighting future than anyone given their BFF status. White was holding Rousey for nearly 45 minutes backstage as she sobbed following last month’s landslide TKO defeat to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
At that time, White said he had no idea if Rousey would ever return to the sport that made her a famous multimillionaire. However, it appears now that White has a better sense of what direction “Rowdy” might be headed.
If UFC 207 was Rousey’s swan song, she has nothing to be ashamed of despite getting destroyed by Holly Holm and Nunes in her past two fights. Rousey convinced White to launch the UFC’s first women’s division centered around her back in 2012, and because of her accomplishments, there are now three female weight classes (strawweight, bantamweight and featherweight) in the UFC.
“She came in, she changed the world,” White added. “She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women’s fighting. I hope those records can be broken. I don’t know if they can but I hope they can.”
Furthermore, Rousey has played a critical role in helping further push the UFC into mainstream acceptance with her countless magazine covers and movie roles. That’s another reason White believes fight fans have seen the last of Rousey – she no longer has to worry about money.
“She’s got a lot of money,” White stated. “She’s never going to need money again. Cause unless you spend money like crazy, unless you spend money like Floyd [Mayweather], you’re not going to need money again when you have the kind of money that Ronda has.
“She’s not a big spender. She’s got a cute place down in Venice, California and I think she’s got some plans she wants to move to a more desolate place and do her thing. I’m happy for her.”
White said he thinks Rousey is “probably” done with fighting, but reading between the lines, it seems as though he’s pretty sure it’s a wrap.
Rousey was perfect through her first 12 professional outings, with all but one going past the first round. Unfortunately, many fans will merely remember Rousey for what happened to her in her last two bouts.