Rousey says next fight ‘def­i­nitely’ one of her last

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MIXED mar­tial arts su­per­star Ronda Rousey said ear­lier this week that next month’s come­back bout against Amanda Nunes will be one of her lastever fights.

The 29-year-old from Los An­ge­les re­turns to the oc­tagon on De­cem­ber 30 in Las Ve­gas as the main event in UFC 207, her first bout since she was pum­melled to an up­set de­feat by Holly Holm in 2015.

Con­fir­ma­tion of Rousey’s re­turn af­ter a pro­tracted ab­sence has cre­ated a huge buzz with or­ga­niz­ers pre­dict­ing record pay per view buys.

How­ever, Rousey, one of MMA’s big­gest stars who has helped widen the sport’s grow­ing global ap­peal, said on The Ellen Show that she is al­ready eye­ing her even­tual re­tire­ment.

“Not that long, I’m wrap­ping it up,” Rousey told host Ellen DeGeneres when asked how much longer she planned to fight.

“This is def­i­nitely one of my last fights. Every­one bet­ter watch, be­cause the show isn’t go­ing to be around for­ever.”

Rousey, a for­mer Olympic judo medal­list who has used her MMA fame to help launch a ca­reer in Hol­ly­wood, said the ever-in­creas­ing de­mands on her time had left her weary of the sport.

“The build-up is more tir­ing than any­thing else,” she said. “If we had a fight right now, I’d be like, ‘I’ll fight right now,’ and then I’d go get din­ner and I wouldn’t re­ally be tired about it,” Rousey said.

“It’s the weeks and weeks of buildup be­fore­hand and you know you’re fight­ing this one per­son and it’s your show­down and the most im­por­tant thing in your whole life and mil­lions of peo­ple are watch­ing.

“It’s that build-up for weeks on end. If it hap­pened right now, I wouldn’t be ner­vous at all. It’s the wait­ing.”

Rousey’s rise through the ranks of MMA earned her com­par­isons to Mike Tyson’s emer­gence in box­ing’s heavy­weight divi­sion dur­ing the 1980s, with the fighter gen­er­at­ing ex­cite­ment af­ter a string of whirl­wind knock­outs.

How­ever, she was bat­tered by Holm when the two met in Mel­bourne in Novem­ber 2015 in what is seen as the big­gest up­set in MMA his­tory. –

Photo: EPA

Ronda Rousey, shown here af­ter her stun­ning up­set de­feat to Holly Holm in 2015, has an­nounced in­ten­tions to re­tire in the near fu­ture.

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