Some Interesting Reasons Why Ronda Rousey Should Or Shouldn't Retire

Posted by Editorial Staff in Sports On 3rd January 2017

Once upon a time not long ago, Ronda “Rodwy” Rousey reigned supreme over the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division. Rousey looked to be an unstoppable force as she was 12-0 with eight of those twelve victories coming inside of the first minute in the first round. To add further credence to Rousey’s dominance over her foes was the fact that only one challenger, Miesha Tate, made it past the first round.

Rousey became the most talked about competitor inside of the UFC ranks for both male and female talent. After each performance spectators could only marvel at how Rousey made such quick work of her opponents and how she made it look so easy. Then on November 15th, 2015, it all came crashing down for Rousey.

Rousey suffered her first defeat at the hands of Holly Holm by way of a head kick that floored her and that was followed up by multiple punches thereafter. Holm schooled Rousey and ended Rousey’s dream of retiring undefeated. After the loss, Rousey refrained from being seen out in the public eye as often as she was when she was winning. Questions over whether Rousey would ever return began to circulate.

On December 30th, 2016, Rousey did eventually return to attempt to reclaim her UFC Bantamweight Championship. However, Rousey’s attempt would probe to be futile as Champion Amanda Nunes, made easy work of her in forty-eight seconds as referee Herb Dean called the match. Rousey’s now lost her last two bouts and the question now is, is Ronda finished?



#1 The WWE Will Welcome Her With Open Arms

The seeds have already been planted for Rousey within the WWE as she appeared alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31 when the duo took out Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Rousey said of her appearance at WrestleMania to USA Today, "it was like a dream come true to take part in WrestleMania. It was such a special atmosphere, something I have loved since I was a kid". WWE's Chief Brand Officer McMahon, relayed the same sentiment saying, "Our fans love Ronda. Ronda has this cross platform appeal in terms of all forms of entertainment. We would welcome her with open arms. She is the total package". Rousey's stock has severely plummeted compared to where it was when she appeared at WrestleMania 31, but the WWE knows that Rousey is still marketable. Rousey could play a pivotal role at the top of either Raw or Smackdown's Women's Division if she plans on making the jump to the WWE.


#2 Her Mother Wants Her To Retire

After Rousey's loss to Nunes, TMZ caught up with Rousey's mother, AnnMaria DeMars. While Rousey's statement the following day echoed that she was noncommittal about her future as she said she'll need some time to think about her future, her mother's statement was crystal clear. DeMars told TMZ, "I would like to see her retire. I would have liked to see her retire a long time ago. Who wants to see their kid get hit? Cause she's got a lot of talent in a lot of other things. Movies, writing, producing, she's really, really smart. I told her that at the beginning when she started this." DeMars isn't just a concerned mother; she is a former and the first American World Judo Champion. As a result DeMars isn't only speaking as a mother, but as a combat competitor who knows firsthand when it is and when it is not time to call it a career.

#3 She’s Financially Secure

According to sources, Rousey is worth an estimated 12 million dollars and this is prior to her fight against Nunes. Moreover, Rousey isn't one who's motivated by millions. As Rousey told ESPN in December of 2016, prior to her title clash with Amanda Nunes, "if money is the motivation, then f*ck that. All these Money people. Money Mayweather, Money McGregor. I see they're trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it. The worship of money in our society is so deep". Rousey would further distance herself from the forenamed Mayweather and McGregor as she said, "I've had no money before, and it wasn't the end of the world. All I need is me and Travis and our little house in the woods, popping out babies and making snowmen and I'm cool, man. Really, I'm good". Rousey's ideal future has her living in either Alaska and Idaho (as she claims) and her lifestyle echoes a modest living and not a lavish lifestyle.

#4 She Looks Like A Shell Of Her Former Self

Regardless of what side of the fence (detractor or supporter) one is on regarding Rousey, the one thing that can be agreed on is the fact that Rousey looked unrecognizable in her bout against Amanda Nunes. Rousey was given a taste of her own medicine for a change and was defeated within the first minute of the first round. Unlike her fight against Holly Holm, Rousey failed to make it to the second round. Rousey had an abysmal and frustrating time inside the octagon with Nunes. Per MMAWeekly, Rousey only threw eighteen significant strikes and connected on eight of them. In comparison, Nunes landed thirty-one of the fifty-one she threw. There was a time where seeing Rousey knocked out seemed unfathomable; but even after her defeat to Holm, you wouldn't have found many that would've bet on Rousey losing via a referee stoppage. This isn't the Ronda Rousey we know.


#5 Hollywood Will Come Calling

Rousey has appeared in box office successes such as Entourage, The Expendables 3 and the massively successful Furious 7. Rousey is also slated to appear as the lead actress in the remake of Road House. Rousey's been vocal about her interest in making movies as prior to her bout vs Holly Holm she said in an interview with USA Today, "starting from zero and learning a skill all over again keeps me interested and motivated and I have to prove myself. I don't want to run out of goals. I want to have a new place where everyone doubts me and I have something new to prove". The only thing Rousey has to prove in the ring is that she is able to redeem herself. However, she's been at the highest pinnacle of the sport prior. But, can she parlay her success in the octagon into being a successful Hollywood actress as well?

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