Rousey Doesn’t Close Door On UFC Return
There were many questions being asked on Sunday night, as Ronda Rousey pointed at the sign for Wrestlemania inside Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Whether it be who her first opponent would be, how did the organization keep this under wraps, but the biggest question for MMA Fans was, is Ronda done with the UFC?
Ever since her loss to Amanda Nunes, Rousey has kept silent about any plans, outside of her engagement and several television and movie projects, many people had no idea what the former UFC champion would do next.
Dana White, who doubles as UFC President and confidant to the former Olympian, considered Rousey to be done with MMA and would not consider bringing her back for a fight. And while that seems impossible with Ronda now a full time member of the WWE roster, she claims that she never doubts herself doing anything.
In an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Rousey knows that everyone expects her to be done with MMA.
That’s what everybody else seems to say,” Rousey said regarding the retirement question.
“I mean, I never retired from judo. If that’s what you guys want to think, all I know is that I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now and whatever people want to call that, they can call it.”
And while the former bantamweight champion is not focused on her back to back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, she believes that things happen for a reason.
“It’s still hard to realize your childhood dreams not coming true,” Rousey said. “I think the only thing that really helped was finding something else to devote myself to and be successful at. I think I only was able to get past the Olympics when I started doing MMA. And I do believe there is a parallel there. It still hurts that I didn’t win the Olympics. It sounds ridiculous to a lot of people, right? ‘You’re an Olympic medalist, you should be happy.’ But it would be hard to explain that to my 10-year-old self that was so sure she was gonna win the Olympics.
“Things all happen for a reason and I really do believe that. I really do believe that the worst things in life result in the best things that could happen. And I think that this journey into this industry is really proving that belief is real.”