It looks like Ronda Rousey won’t be in the fight game for much longer.
The former UFC bantamweight champion has been on the sidelines ever since suffering her first career loss to Holly Holm about one year ago. Prior to that, she was without a doubt the most dominant female fighter in the world and held a perfect 12-0 record with all wins coming by stoppage.
She appeared recently on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in her first interview since her return at UFC 207 was announced where she discussed her future in regards to fighting.
“Not that long, I’m wrapping it up,” Rousey said in response to a question about how much longer she will keep fighting. “This is definitely one of my last fights. So everyone better watch, the show isn’t going to be around forever.”
Rousey, 29, is currently scheduled to headline UFC 207 against current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in an attempt to earn back the title that she defended six times. By the time she returns, she will have been out of the octagon for 13 months.
“I think it’s more of the build-up that’s more tiring than anything else," she said. "Like, if we had a fight right now, I’d be like, I’d fight right now and I’ll go get dinner, and I wouldn’t feel like really tired about it. It’s the weeks and weeks of build-up beforehand, and you know you’re fighting this one person, and it’s this showdown, the most important thing in your life, and millions of people are watching.”
UFC 207 is set to take place on December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Also on the card will be a title fight between 135-lb champion Dominick Cruz against #6 ranked Cody Garbrandt and the rematch between former heavyweight champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.