Over three months have passed since Ronda Rousey suffered a swift 48-second defeat at the hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, and while many observers believed the loss would signal the end of Rousey’s MMA career, the former women’s bantamweight queen still has given few indications about her future prospects in the sport.
Well, not surprisingly, according to UFC president Dana White, fight fans have probably seen the last of Rousey in the Octagon.
“Ronda and I talk maybe once a week, once every two weeks,” White told reporters in Buffalo (video via Fight Network). “She has not said anything to me about a comeback.
“And If I had to guess, I would guess that she will not come back.”
The news isn’t altogether surprising, although it does quell suspicion that arose last month when strength and nutrition coach Dan Garner announced that he had begun working with Rousey.
Rousey (12-2) turned 30 years old in February, and even despite her back-to-back losses, she remains one of the biggest stars in the UFC. Her long-awaited return in Dec. 2016 at UFC 207 drew a reported figure of over a million pay-per-view buys despite Rousey’s insistence on doing virtually no media ahead of the event.
If she never competes again, Rousey exits the sport having spearheaded the introduction of the women’s divisions to the UFC. Over the course of five years from 2011-15, Rousey won 12 consecutive fights via stoppage — 11 in the first round — captured the Strikeforce bantamweight title, and defended her UFC title six times — a figure which remains the record for the UFC women’s divisions.