MMA superstar Ronda Rousey last fought in the Octagon back in December 2016 against UFC Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. It was a losing effort in which Rousey looked lost from the opening bell, eventually succumbing to Nunes’s punches in just 48 seconds.
Still though, Rousey’s reputation as a heel, along with successful multiple title defences when she was the UFC Bantamweight champion has kept her a fan favourite among much of the mainstream public.
That resulted in interest from the WWE, which offered her a contract to become a professional wrestler for the organisation. Rousey made her first on-screen appearance for the organisation earlier this year and is set to make her official pro wrestling debut early next month.
Rousey’s move to pro wrestling has led many pundits to believe that her MMA career is over, something which the 31-year-old appeared to confirm on popular talk show The Ellen Show yesterday.
In response to host Ellen DeGeneres’s question about a possible return to the UFC, Rousey did not explicitly close the door to a return, but indicated that it was unlikely to happen soon.
“I think it [returning to the UFC] is just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for Judo,” Rousey said. “Noone demanded a written resignation from me for Judo and I think the same thing is necessary for fighting…The WWE is what I enjoy right now.”
For those interested in following her pro wrestling career, Rousey’s next WWE appearance is set to take place at Wrestlemania 34 on April 8.