White Responds to Rousey Loss Aftermath
Even after two straight losses, Ronda Rousey remains as one of the biggest names in the UFC. It is something that UFC president Dana White acknowledges to this day.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated White gave all the credit to Rousey, not only for putting women’s fighting on the map, but also for the hard work she put in.
“Everything she told me she would do, she did,” White said. “She worked her ass off for this sport, for this company, for women. She worked herself to the bone. I’ve never had a fighter work [with publicity] the way she has. She’s made a lot of money.”
“I know for her that doesn’t matter—her legacy means more to her than anything else. But you know what, sometimes we can’t have it all. But let’s be clear: she built this house. She really did.”
In October, White declared Rousey as the UFC’s “biggest star, by far.” But at the same time, he also clarified that the former women’s bantamweight champion is someone whom he personally cares for.
“I care about her as a human being more than the fighter side,” White said. “You read the bulls—, ‘Oh man, UFC’s in trouble, their golden goose….’ She’s not a f—king golden goose. She’s a human being. And she’s a very good f–king friend of mine.”
White did go on record last week about his thoughts on Rousey’s career, which he thinks is “probably done.” But at the end of the day, the final decision is still left for her to make.
“She knows what she wants and doesn’t want. If she calls me today and says, ‘I’m done. I’m gonna wrap it and call it a career’ I’m gonna be like, ‘Awesome. That’s amazing. We’ll plan something.’ And if she calls me and says, ‘I want three more fights,’ she’s got it. She’ll make that decision on her own.”