Dana White: Rousey is “Probably Done”
When Ronda Rousey came back following her first brutal defeat, there were rumblings that it may be her last fight ever. Given the manner of Rousey’s second loss at UFC 207, many expect her to never step into the Octagon again. UFC President Dana White, who has spoken to Rousey since the fight, is of that belief as well.
Appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast (h/t MMAJunkie), White told hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton that he recently talked to Rousey. He said that she was in good spirits, but the conversation did not make him believe that she will be fighting again.
"In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now – again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her – but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done.
"She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting."
Rousey lost her first fight in November of 2015, suffering a brutal knockout to Holly Holm and losing her bantamweight title. She then took over a year off from the sport, pursuing other opportunities in film and television. White said that losing gave Rousey the perspective she needed to follow a new path in her professional career, and she is financially secure to the point that fighting is no longer necessary.
"She’s so competitive that, her career and record meant everything to her. And then once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the (expletive) am I doing? This is my whole life. This is it? I want to experience and starting doing other things.’ And I think that’s what she started to do, and she’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again."
If Rousey does retire, she does so with a pro MMA record of 12-2 and the distinction of being the first female champion of the UFC.