Can’t say we didn’t warn you.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, needed more than a year of recovery time to rebound from her knockout loss to Holly Holm, the first defeat of her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
How long will she need after getting smashed by Amanda Nunes?
After several years atop the 135-pound throne, “Rowdy” (12-2) has now dropped two straight. And I don’t want to call her a sore loser (like this guy did), but she’s completely taken herself out of the Octagon — as well as the limelight — after failing to meet this lofty goal.
That’s just fine with promotion president Dana White.
“I wouldn’t want to see it,” White told reporters about a potential comeback (via MMA Weekly). “I don’t want it to happen. I care about her and she’s got enough money and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.”
Just don’t call it retirement.
Rousey, 30, remains in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool, which allows her to make a quick return to combat sports without having to first clear six months of pre-fight testing, mandatory for all retired (or newly-signed) athletes attempting a comeback.
As it stands, the Olympic medalist holds the No. 5 spot in the official UFC rankings.
See you in 2018?