Ronda Rousey Retirement: ‘Rowdy’ permanently leaving UFC to continue acting career

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Former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (Photo courtesy: @rondarousey/Instagram)
PHOTOGRAPH: @rondarousey/Instagram | Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be spending some time away from mixed-martial-arts (MMA) as she decided to continue her acting career. “Rowdy” will be a guest star in a TV show with the episode likely to air early on May.

After suffering her second defeat, Rousey’s MMA future became uncertain and there are speculations about her permanent retirement from fighting. According to EW, Ronda Rousey will be bringing her acting skills on the small screen as a guest star on the crime drama TV series, “Blindspot”.

“Rousey will be playing Devon Penberthy, a female prison inmate who grew up in a working class family from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and is serving time for transporting weapons across state lines,” the news release stated. “She is a tough, athletic woman who knows how to fight and handle a weapon.”

Rousey isn’t new to acting as she already has received various roles in the film industry. She became part of the “Entourage”, “Furious 7”, “Drunk History”, and “The Expendables 3”. “Rowdy” also hosted “Saturday Night Live” in January 2016. Her role in “Blindspot” will fit her well since it involves fighting.

Is Ronda Rousey permanently retiring from MMA?

Ronda Rousey rested for almost one year after she decided to fight again in the Octagon. Rousey admitted that she took her first loss seriously and contemplated suicide. After announcing her return, “Rowdy” stated that her UFC 207 bout with Amanda Nunes would be “one of her last fights”.

Some people believed that Rousey plans to permanently leave MMA to continue her acting career. However, if she won against Nunes, the UFC wanted to give her a chance to fight at featherweight and become the first female MMA fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.

“Rowdy” is the main reason why women can compete in the UFC. President Dana White must be eyeing to give her a huge farewell. Unfortunately, the idea was scrapped after she lost to Nunes. The reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion only needed 48 seconds to defend the belt.

With the various projects Ronda Rousey received, there is a higher possibility that her MMA career has come to an end. In a conversation with “Rowdy”, White also felt Rousey’s “probably done” in the UFC.

“In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now – again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her – but I wouldn’t say she fights again,” White told’s “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “I think she’s probably done.”

Photo courtesy: @rondarousey/Instagram

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