Rousey: Return to MMA as unlikely as a return to Olympic Judo
Ronda Rousey, the most famous figure in mixed martial arts history, has come as close as she ever likely will to announcing her retirement. It happened during an appearance on The Ellen Show. Rousey began by explaining to the host how MMA and WWE are different, but eventually got to the odds of a return to the Octagon.
“I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo,” said Rousey, 31, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting. I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”
Rousey is now a WWE cast member. She and fellow Olympic medalist Kurt Angle will tag team vs. Stephanie McMahon and her husband Triple H at WrestleMania 34 on April 8. The longtime pro wrestling fan is enjoying it.
“It’s like a team,” said Rousey said of the WWE. “I’ve never been on a team my whole life. I was a swimmer, that was alone. I did judo, that was alone. I was a fighter, that was alone. With WWE, it’s like a big team. Everybody is working together to try to make it as great as possible.”
“I’m nervous, but it’s not like Olympics nervous. The worst thing that’ll happen is I’ll look stupid, which is not the worst thing that could really happen. I can’t think of the last time I was so excited for anything. I’m really looking forward to it, you know what I mean?”
Rousey’s most hardcore fans likely don’t care too much what medium she appears in – Hollywood or the Octagon or the square ring. Her fight fans will miss her, but have to be deeply appreciative of the vast amount she did to bring MMA to the mainstream. And her friends are likely happy for her. Her friend UFC president Dana White is; in November he was asked if Rousey would return to the Octagon.
“I wouldn’t want it to happen,” he said. “I care about her. She’s got enough money. She’s got enough money and all that stuff. I don’t want to see it happen.”