UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey won't ever be fighting former pro boxer Laila Ali, but it doesn't mean she isn't interested.
Fortunately for Ali, Rousey says she's extended her UFC contract ensuring she'll either being fighting in the Octagon or on screen.
"I'm a UFC fighter," Rousey said Wednesday on ESPN's First Take. "I just renegotiated. I have a lot of fights that I have in the UFC before I would be able to go do anything else."
If not against against Ali, Rousey says she'd still like a chance to box professionally at a high level. 'Married to the UFC,' Rousey says she's 'come to appreciate' what a 'beautiful sport' boxing is.
"I hope so," Rousey said of boxing in the future. "I think that would be amazing. I'm not even saying specifically [against Ali]. She's retired and has kids and has moved on with her life. I would think maybe someone closer to my weight that has a world title belt. I would love to try it, but I have a lot going on. I have fights. I have two movies coming out. I have a book coming out. My schedule is a little full."
Rousey faces No. 1 contender Bethe Correia Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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As everyone should be aware, my opponent, TJ Dillashaw, got hurt and we will not fight on the 25th is a shame because I was preparing as best we can for this fight. So, I just have one thing to say this time: Dillashaw, u can run but you can not hide. Your time will come and you will do everything q q q is talking will do without escape, or I make u eat his words.
Galera, como todos devem estar sabendo, meu adversário, TJ Dillashaw, se machucou e não vamos mais lutar no dia 25. É uma pena, pois estava me preparando da melhor forma possível para essa luta. Por isso, só tenho uma coisa a dizer neste momento: Dillashaw, vc pode correr, mas não pode se esconder. Sua hora vai chegar e você terá q fazer tudo q vem falando q vai fazer, sem fugir, ou eu faço vc engolir suas palavras. Estarei esperando. #revanche #baraovsdillashawII #vourecuperaroqueemeu #ufc186 #ufcbrasil
Light and Heavy.
Stop trying to get me to trash to talk about my opponent! I am not a hater!!!— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) March 25, 2015
Even the reporters are protecting @thefrankmir— Todd Duffee (@ToddDuffee) March 25, 2015
@thefrankmir thank u. But let's b honest since u can't wrassle would u like me to start on my back so u can feel like you got a shot.— Todd Duffee (@ToddDuffee) March 25, 2015
.@thefrankmir in response to you saying you thought you had Brock next. Why did you offer to fight Nog in Brazil this summer?!...oh oops— Todd Duffee (@ToddDuffee) March 26, 2015
Brian Stann (@BrianStann) March 26, 2015
This got weird quick.
@feliceherrig when im cutting, its all about the food porn. The fatter the better, its almost sexual. And super masochistic...— Jake Heun (@JakeHeun) March 26, 2015
@feliceherrig oh to bbq pit masters all day. Tell me about that dry rub.... ohhh baste it. Mmm brisket...smokey pink ring...— Jake Heun (@JakeHeun) March 26, 2015
@feliceherrig the best part, by far is watching the people who are eating it, and when their eyes bulge, I bulge...— Jake Heun (@JakeHeun) March 26, 2015
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