Ronda Rousey is scheduled for her comeback fight at UFC 207, facing current champion Amanda Nunes to regain the UFC women’s bantamweight belt. Former champ and Rowdy’s long-time rival Miesha Tate believed that Rousey will retire if she suffers her second loss in the Octagon.
More than one month before her much-awaited return to the Octagon, Ronda Rousey revealed that her upcoming fight with Amanda Nunes will be one of her last fights. Everyone was surprised with her announcement, but not Miesha Tate and UFC president Dana White.
Despite being dethroned by Nunes, Tates still believes that Ronda Rousey will regain the belt after UFC 207 provided that a ‘half-assed’ Rousey will not be the one standing in the Octagon. Tate had experience battling against both fighters, especially Rowdy, whom she has been eyeing to face in the Octagon again. When Rousey hinted about retirement, Miesha Tate said that Rowdy has been saying it since she fought Holly Holm.
“I already knew that. Didn’t everyone already know that?” said Tate to TMZ Sports when asked about Rousey to wrap up her career. “I don’t know why everyone is so surprised by it, honestly. She was already talking about that before she fought Holly [Holm]. So it’s no surprise to me. I already kind of knew this would probably be one of her last ones, if not potentially her last one if she doesn’t win it. I think it could be her last one.”
Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White, who called Ronda Rousey as the biggest UFC star, said that he knew the reason behind Rowdy’s decision to retire. Though there are fighters who come out of retirement, White believes that it will be permanent when Rousey announces it.
“Ronda Rousey has made a lot of money. She’s made a lot of money. She’s accomplished what she set out to do,” he said. “And she loves acting. I think she’s good at it. If she dedicates herself to it, she’ll be even better at it.
“I think when she says she’s done that she’s done. At the end of the day, she stopped doing Judo. She moved on to mixed martial arts. I think when she’s done with that, she’ll probably move on to acting.”
If Rousey loses against Amanda Nunes, there is a higher possibility that her retirement will be earlier than expected. The former champ revealed in the past that her first loss dealt a huge damage on her physically and emotionally. MMA fans are surely expecting to see a much better version of Rowdy at UFC 207.
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