Ronda Rousey says she is getting a little tired of being in the spotlight all the time and just wants a break.
The undefeated UFC bantamweight champion, speaking to Rolling Stone, said she is going to disappear after her title bout with Holly Holm at UFC 193 later this week.
"I'm selling a product, and I have to be out there. I don't have the option not to be," Rousey said. "But after this fight, I'm definitely going to let some people miss me, for sure. Believe me, there's nothing I would like to do more than disappear for a while.”
The 28-year-old of Venezuelan descent said that she will probably wait until at least UFC 200 to get into the octagon again. However, she will be working on several film projects – which the undefeated champ describes as “disappearing in a way.”
“I'm going to be filming [movies] in the meantime, so I'm still going to be keeping busy," Rousey told the magazine. "When I'm filming it's kind of weird, I'm on camera the whole time, but nothing really goes out until a year or two later. It is kind of like disappearing in a way."
Rousey has not been away from the spotlight leading up to her fight with Holm – her third fight in fewer than nine months. If all goes according to plan, Rousey will not step inside an octagon again until July 2016.
It will be Rousey’s second-longest break since she kicked off her career in 2011, and she can’t be any happier.
"I have to be out there to sell these fights; it's not because I really enjoy getting made up and going to work every day," Rousey says. "It's cool. It's an awesome job, but it's still a job. I'm doing it because it helps me make a living, and not because I'm so extremely vain that I want to see my face everywhere."
Rousey’s comments about needing to step away from the spotlight for a while are interesting after she claimed that she was the only woman on the UFC roster who is capable of handing the constant spotlight. Holm disagrees.
"[I'm ready for] the limelight that comes with being champion," Holm told reporters recently. "Trust me, every time something comes it's just going to remind me, 'I'm the champion.' I think I can handle that."