It’s been two years since Ronda Rousey was truly hailed as the undisputed superstar of UFC. She was raking in mullahs at that time and was one of the best pay-per-view athletes inside the Octagon.
The 2008 Olympic Judo Bronze medalist was dominant during that period as she won the 12 consecutive MMA fights, six in UFC, and these wins were enough to infuse too much optimism that she had the audacity to challenge Floyd Mayweather for a fight. No surprise here as almost every Boxer do that-
Even after so long, the former UFC bantamweight titleholder doesn’t want to address the back-to-back losses that derailed her position as an MMA superstar.
After she suffered a shock defeat to Holly Holm at the UFC 193 in November 2015, the 30-year-old remained out of the spotlight since then. She did try to make a comeback to the MMA, but this time the comeback was the shortest as she suffered a humiliation in her 48-second TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016.
But she is too good an entertainer to miss out on the spotlight and everything is about to change after it was revealed that she had signed a multi-year contract with WWE.
Her short cameo at WWE's Royal Rumble event marked the start of her professional wrestling career. Many see this as the end of her UFC / MMA career but she quashed all the nonsense talk by declaring that she is still not finished as a UFC fighter.
"I think I'd rather just not talk about that right now," Rousey said in a sit-down interview with ESPN.com released just after news broke of her WWE signing.
Rousey may not have been willing to discuss her past fights, but she did make a statement about her future in MMA. She said she hasn't followed the UFC over the past year, but also didn't dismiss an octagon return entirely.
Former UFC heavyweight and current WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar has transitioned between sports, but Rousey said that's not currently her focus. She doesn't want to deem herself retired from fighting but made it clear at this point her future is committed solely toward thriving under the WWE banner.
"(Retirement is) what everybody else seems to say," Rousey said. "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.
"This is my life now," she continued. "First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. When I first met with Triple H, I told him, 'There are other things I can do with my time that'll make way more money, but I won't enjoy nearly as much.'"