Ronda Rousey failed to reclaim the UFC women’s bantamweight belt after a devastating loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. After suffering her second defeat, “Rowdy’s” future in MMA remains unclear and talks about her retirement started to surface.’
After 13 months, Ronda Rousey decided to return to the Octagon, aiming to regain her belt, However, things didn’t go as planned as she was defeated by Amanda Nunes for just 48 seconds. Since they announce her comeback, “Rowdy” revealed that her fight with Nunes was “one of her last bouts”.
UFC president Dana White revealed in December that they’re planning to give Rousey the opportunity to become a dual-weight champion if she succeeded to defeat Nunes. Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie will fight at UFC 208 for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight championship. If Holm and Rousey win their respective fights, the UFC plans to schedule a rematch between the two female fighters.
Unfortunately, the idea was scrapped after “Rowdy” loss for the second time. Ronda Rousey headed for the fight well prepared and confident that she can reclaim the belt. After losing to Nunes, Rousey released a statement but didn’t show his future plans.
“I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda. I need to take some time to say and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding,” Rousey said.
RONDA ROUSEY RETIREMENT WILL BENEFIT CONOR MCGREGOR
UFC president Dana White admitted that Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s biggest star. However, when she took a 13-months off, Conor McGregor grabbed the spotlight and made history. After beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, he became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.
With Rousey on the brink of retirement, “The Notorious” will be the UFC’s lone superstar and moneymaking machine. According to White, McGregor will be taking a “10-month off”. However, after UFC 205, McGregor stated that he will not fight unless the UFC gave him a stake in the company.
As of now, the promotion has not released any statement about McGregor’s demand. If Rousey decides to retire, there is a higher possibility that McGregor could get what he wants.
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