Ronda Rousey dropped a bombshell on Tuesday – she said her time as a UFC fighter will be coming to an end sooner rather than later.
The 29-year-old MMA fighter confirmed to Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday that her storied career in the octagon is winding down and that her upcoming fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 will be one of her last.
“Not that long. I'm wrapping it up,” Rousey said when the talk show host asked how much time she had left in mixed martial arts. “This is definitely one of my last fights. Everybody better watch because the show isn’t going to last forever.”
Rousey (12-1), who is partly of Venezuelan descent, hasn't fought since November 2015, when Holly Holm stunned the champion with a second-round knockout at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.
The 135-pound title has changed hands two times since then. Miesha Tate took the title after defeating Holm and then lost it to the Brazilian Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 this past summer.
Rousey, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in judo, became one of the world's most popular female athletes during her meteoric rise through the UFC ranks. She took a competitive break after her loss to Holm to pursue her acting career.
“I think it's more the buildup that's tiring than anything else," Rousey confessed,” she told DeGeneres. “If we had a fight right now, I'd fight right now and then I'd go get dinner and I wouldn't feel tired about it. It's the weeks and weeks of buildup beforehand and you know you're fighting this one person, it's like your showdown, the most important thing in your whole life and then millions of people are watching. It's that build up for weeks on end.”
According to FoxSports, rumors have swirled for months that Rousey was contemplating the end of her career with a couple of key fights.