Rousey’s Coach Believes She is Done
Ronda Rousey made her comeback to the UFC Octagon back in December at UFC 207 — the first time Rousey had been seen since losing the UFC women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. Exactly 46 seconds later, Rousey was destroyed by Amanda Nunes and contemplating her future once again.
It’s no secret Rousey’s star has grown past the UFC Octagon — from commercials to movies — but there’s not been a lot of activity from her in general. Recently, it was announced that she and UFC heavyweight Travis Browne got engaged.
Now, Rousey’s judo coach, Justin Flores, says it’s doubtful she will ever make a return to the world of MMA.
"Personally I don’t think it’s in the cards. I don’t think that’s what she wants in this time of her life," Flores told Submission Radio. "I mean, I’m not discounting anything. Maybe later. But I just don’t see that being something she wants to jump into and focus full force to be the best. Because if she’s gonna do anything, from what I know about her, she’s gonna do it to be the best. And not that I don’t think that she can be the best, it’s just, I just don’t know if her body and her mind at this stage in her life, if that’s what’s right for her.
"She’s competed her whole life. Her whole life has been about being the best, and I just think personally, the best thing is for her to kind of be okay with herself not as a fighter. So I love her to death, dude. I just know the pain she’s gone through physically, doing this forever, multiple surgeries, concussions, broken bones, weight cutting. All those things add up and take its toll, and it’s accumulative. So being 30 years old now and doing this since you were eight years old non-stop, I mean, the mileage you’ve put on your body and that she’s put on her body, I just don’t think if she wants to, you know, live a long happy life and raise kids with Travis, which I know that’s the future, I just don’t think that’s something I feel like would be in her best interests."
You can listen to the whole Submission Radio episode with the interview with Flores here: