Dana White went on the show UFC Unfiltered and said that after recent conversations with Rousey that he believes she is done with fighting.
From the interview:
“In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now — and again, I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her — but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living life outside of fighting.”
“She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”
“She’s so competitive that her career and record meant everything to her,” he said. “And then once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the (expletive) am I doing? This is my whole life. This is it? I want to experience and start doing other things.’ And I think that’s what she started to do, and she’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again.”
Ronda Rousey lost to Amanda Nunes by knockout in the first minute of her comeback at UFC 207. Rousey spent a year away from the sport after her first loss in UFC history to Holly Holm at UFC 193. The fight against Nunes was the fifth PPV program that earned over 1 million buys.
Since Rousey’s loss to Nunes, in which she looked just as limited as she did in her loss to Holm, Rousey has been heavily criticized by the MMA community with some going so far as to say she’s not a great fighter. It seems weird to me that the opinion on a fighter can change so drastically in the span of 13 months after she was considered to be maybe the best fighter in the UFC and in a class all buy herself in women’s MMA. However, her impact on the business side of the UFC is not up for debate.
Dana White said:
“I’m happy for her. She came in and changed the world. She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women’s fighting, and I hope those records can be broken. I don’t know if they can, but I hope they do.”
Ronda Rousey was the person that carried the UFC into homes because of her appearance on daytime television and talk shows as well as her place as a feminist icon as one of the best fighters on the planet. She created the crack in the wall and blazed the trail for women MMA fighters in the sport and in the public eye.