The #1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, Jose Aldo just gave Ronda Rousey an unsolicited advice in an interview with MMAFighting.com. With all the high hopes of a comeback from Rousey, Aldo thinks that she should stay away from the sport and focus on movie making.
“I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting,” Aldo said.
“Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You’re crazy. In my opinion, I don’t think (she fights again). If she comes back, of course she can (win the title). She was always a fighter, but if I were her, I wouldn’t come back.
Aldo respects women fighting in the UFC but he thinks that MMA is a sport that is most likely for men.
“Ronda is a great champion, I respect her, but I think men’s (MMA) is at a higher level,” he said. “(Male) athletes aren’t separated by one martial art only, like ‘I’m a judoka and I only catch arms’. There’s no such thing as this one who survives. Athletes have to be good standing and on the ground today. You have to be good wherever the fight goes and that’s how I try to be. I like to watch women’s MMA more than men fighting because they always do their best and fight hard.”
Even so, Aldo was not surprised that Rousey got defeated by Holly Holm.
“It’s normal. There are wins and losses,” Aldo said. “Holm was a multiple-time champion in boxing and was able to do her thing standing, and I knew Holm would win if she kept it standing.”
With all that, whether Rousey leaves the sport or not, he believes that she had made a huge mark in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
“I think the legacy Ronda leaves behind is that she changed women’s MMA,” Aldo said. “She put it where no one ever imagined, where even Dana White said it would never be, and it is now. That’s her legacy. She has done a lot for women’s sport.”