Ronda Rousey Opens Up On What She Regrets About Her MMA Career

Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has gone into greater detail about what led her to leave MMA for professional wrestling. Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer who is regarded as one of the biggest superstars in UFC history. She retired following back-to-back losses to Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm but is considered by…

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has gone into greater detail about what led her to leave MMA for professional wrestling.

Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer who is regarded as one of the biggest superstars in UFC history. She retired following back-to-back losses to Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm but is considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters of all time.

Rousey signed with WWE for a career in professional wrestling back in 2018, debuting at WrestleMania 34, and has emerged as one of the promotion’s biggest stars. But fans and pundits have wondered why Rousey opted to walk away from the sport so abruptly while she appeared to still be in her physical prime.

Rousey’s retirement had many more layers into it than most realized, as she dealt with the chaos that comes with fame and fortune.

During a recent interview with Daniel Cormier, Rousey opened up on her retirement and what led to it.

“I think it was difficult [to quit] in both judo and MMA, in that everyone else felt that they wanted more from me,” Rousey explained. “Like, in judo you peak in your mid-20s. I medaled at 21 so I was going to be 25 for the next Olympics. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this is it! You’re going to be the first [American woman] to win an Olympic gold!’ And I didn’t want it anymore, and I couldn’t do it for everybody else.

“And I think that’s a mistake that I made with MMA, was when I got to that point where I didn’t want it anymore, I kept doing it for everybody else.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

Rousey, who once dominated the spotlight in the sport, has been relatively quiet since her MMA retirement. She rarely does interviews now and has explained the challenges she dealt with following her infamous loss to Holm.

Rousey: Letting Go Of Needing To Be Understood The “Hardest Part”

Rousey went on to explain the personal change she felt she needed to make as she moved on to the next chapter of her life.

“You’re like a novelty on TV every couple months, whereas that’s your every day and your reality,” Rousey said. “And yeah, I think that setting boundaries with that relationship of everybody else, and not doing things for them and doing things for you, even though you won’t be understood, I think that was the hardest part — letting go of that need of feeling understood, because no one’s ever going to.”

Rousey has recently admitted that she would consider returning to MMA for one name; Gina Carano. She and Carano have teased a potential fight coming to fruition in the future.

Rousey is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters of all time and her interview with Cormier gave a rare insight into how she handled the latter part of her career in the cage.

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WWE Star Defends Ronda Rousey Against Critics Of MMA Legacy

WWE star and friend Shayna Baszler recently came to the defense of Ronda Rousey against those who critique her legacy in mixed martial arts (MMA). Baszler was recently a guest on Ryan Satin’s “Out Of Character” podcast and discussed the criticisms Rousey has faced over the years. More so after suffering her first and only…

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WWE star and friend Shayna Baszler recently came to the defense of Ronda Rousey against those who critique her legacy in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Baszler was recently a guest on Ryan Satin’s “Out Of Character” podcast and discussed the criticisms Rousey has faced over the years. More so after suffering her first and only losses of her MMA career in 2015 and 2016.

Rousey was first defeated by Holly Holm in 2015, dropping the bantamweight title to the former boxer. She then returned to face the then-title holder Amanda Nunes, who quickly finished Rousey in the first round via TKO.

It was the last fight of Rousey’s MMA career, and she has since gone on to compete in WWE, where she currently reigns as SmackDown women’s champion. Although not having fought since her loss to Nunes, Rousey hasn’t closed the door completely on fighting.

However, many came down on Rousey hard over how she handled the losses, something Baszler takes issue with.

“Here’s the thing, I know Ronda enough to know that she does not spend her time on social media. Anytime she comments is because someone has said, ‘Hey, Ronda, you should comment on this,’ which isn’t often because she’ll still be like, ‘Why? Who cares?’ I get frustrated when it’s a little more selfish than that, I get frustrated if I ever were to speak out. If someone were to say something like, ‘Name the top three women’s fighters of all time.’ If I put Ronda in that list, immediately, they’re like, ‘Nope, she got exposed.’”

“Even now, it’s bothering me in a hypothetical. Just because she lost and you didn’t like her personality, you’re letting it cloud the fact that she changed women’s fighting. There would not be women in the UFC, at least not for a while, if it wasn’t for her.”

“To deny that she did great things, to discredit her just because she had a loss and you didn’t like her personality, I feel like if she had lost and then came on a podcast and been like, ‘I lost,’ and been super humble and not Ronda, not herself, people would say she’s the greatest ever, but because she lost and took it to heart and hated it, people hate her, so they have to discredit everything about it.”

“That’s annoying to me. I can say that I might not enjoy that Amanda Nunes beat Ronda and talked smack about her after, but I can say that Amanda Nunes is one of the best women’s fighters of all time. I can do that. It bothers me that regular fans can’t do that.”

Baszler also competed in MMA under the UFC banner. She ended her career with a record of 15-11 on a four-fight losing skid. Baszler then made the jump to professional wrestling, signing with WWE in 2017.

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Gina Carano Wants To Give Ronda Rousey “A Job”, Leaves The Door Open For A Future Fight

Gina Carano, Ronda RouseyGina Carano has not shut the door on a future fight with Ronda Rousey. Women’s MMA pioneer Gina Carano believes an outing with Ronda Rousey is always on the table although not very likely. The Elite XC and Strikeforce veteran has not competed in over a decade with her final appearance coming in August 2009. […]

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Gina Carano has not shut the door on a future fight with Ronda Rousey.

Women’s MMA pioneer Gina Carano believes an outing with Ronda Rousey is always on the table although not very likely. The Elite XC and Strikeforce veteran has not competed in over a decade with her final appearance coming in August 2009.

Ronda Rousey is widely credited for the rise of women’s MMA in the mainstream. She kicked off the proceedings in the UFC despite president Dana White once stating that women would never fight in the promotion. ‘Rowdy’ became the biggest sensation in the sport rivaling only fellow superstar Conor McGregor and even eclipsing him at the time.

Ronda Rousey says she might return only for one opponent

Rousey’s stock in the sport plummeted after she dropped two in a row in her final bouts against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Her reaction to the losses made it clear that she would be turning away from the community as she switched over to professional wrestling.

In a recent appearance on The Kurt Angle Show, ‘Rowdy’ said that she could return to fighting but only for one opponent.

“I mean, I’ve said it a million times,” Rousey said. “It’s not like it’s something new, but, for Gina, man. Gina Carano, she’s the reason why I got into fighting, she’s the reason why I knew it was a possibility.

I will always be forever grateful…and if she ever was like, ‘Ronda, I wanna fight you tomorrow at 205 pounds,’ like whatever the hell she’d want – I’m not saying she’s 205 pounds – if she wanted to come into my backyard and do the Rocky thing or, you know, ding, ding and we just do it in the backyard, I don’t care.”

“I will fight Gina wherever she wants and if she doesn’t want to forever, leave (that there). It’s a respect thing, not like a, ‘f*ck you. I’m not coming to get you’. It’s just like hey, if you ever wanna pull that card out, it’s there. I love her. Thank you, Gina, for everything you’ve done.”

Gina Carano wants to hire Rousey & leaves the door open for a fight

‘Conviction’ shared her reaction to Rousey’s statements in an appearance on Unfiltered with Dan Bongino. She left the door open for a fight down the line. Keeping that option open for herself even if it doesn’t happen is the way to go for the Hollywood star who also said that she would like to hire the former UFC women’s champion in one of her movies.

“You know what? Just never put it past me. It could happen,” Carano said. “It would be six months from now because I have a lot of stuff I need to do …. I really want to create, I want to direct, I want to produce…

I want to give Ronda Rousey a job in one of my movies so maybe there is something we can do there.” (h/t Overtime Heroics)

A potential showdown between the two women would make for an epic fight given their status in the history of the sport. Rousey still competes in pro wrestling under WWE while Carano continues to increase her creative footprint with more movies.

Gina Carano Responds To Rousey’s Comments About Potential Fight

Gina Carano has responded to UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey’s recent comments about the one fight she would return for. Carano’s name came up when Rousey was asked during a recent appearance on The Kurt Angle Show about the possibility of returning to MMA. She revealed that there’s only one opponent she would return…

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Gina Carano has responded to UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey’s recent comments about the one fight she would return for.

Carano’s name came up when Rousey was asked during a recent appearance on The Kurt Angle Show about the possibility of returning to MMA. She revealed that there’s only one opponent she would return for and specifically pointed to Carano.

Rousey also clarified that there’s no bad blood between her and Carano and that she respects Carano for paving the way for her in women’s MMA. Carano fought for the inaugural Strikeforce women’s featherweight title against Cris Cyborg, losing via first-round knockout.

Before that, she had won seven straight fights over the likes of Kaitlin Young and Tonya Evinger. During a recent appearance on Unfiltered with Dan Bongino, Carano didn’t rule out the possibility of facing Rousey in a return fight.

“You know what? Just never put it past me. It could happen,” Carano said. “It would be six months from now because I have a lot of stuff I need to do …. I really want to create, I want to direct, I want to produce… I want to give Ronda Rousey a job in one of my movies so maybe there is something we can do there.”

Carano transitioned to a career in show business following her loss to Cyborg. She has appeared in highly-acclaimed shows such as The Mandalorian on Disney+ and most recently was featured in the movie Terror on the Prairie alongside UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone.

As for Rousey, she is currently enjoying a second stint with the WWE, where she currently reigns as the Smackdown women’s champion.

At 40 years old, it’s unlikely we’ll see Carano fight in MMA following a 13-year hiatus. However, the chapter of her MMA career may not be completely closed if a fight with Rousey is offered.

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Rousey Explains Which Is Harder Between MMA & Pro Wrestling

Ronda Rousey holds firm on the stance that mixed martial arts (MMA) is more difficult than professional wrestling. “The Rowdy One” was recently a guest on WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle’s podcast, “The Kurt Angle Show,” to discuss her amazing combat sports and professional wrestling careers. Rousey has reached the top of the mountain…

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Ronda Rousey holds firm on the stance that mixed martial arts (MMA) is more difficult than professional wrestling.

“The Rowdy One” was recently a guest on WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle’s podcast, “The Kurt Angle Show,” to discuss her amazing combat sports and professional wrestling careers. Rousey has reached the top of the mountain in both realms.

However, speaking to which is more difficult, Rousey was adamant that life inside the cage is more taxing than inside the professional wrestling ring. For herself specifically, the sense of realism MMA brings to the table is a completely different factor.

“And that is what makes it real to me, you know, like injuries, I don’t care, you know, people get injured all the time playing Pirates of Penzance, you know. Like, there’s a lot of difficult physical things out there that the realism to me is like that extreme anxiety.

“And I remember leading up to the Bethe Correia fight I was like, every single time I go into a fight I’m like Why do I do this? Why do I do this to myself? This is the absolute worst, I hate it.

“And then like, afterward, I was, you know, giving everybody high fives all the way out. This is Rocky 4 man!

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“That those highs and lows and this, you know, peaks and valleys and the crazy anxiety with a huge payoff or you know, the huge not payoff is what really makes it real for me, not like injuries and stuff like that. I don’t know how I got down that path.”

While Rousey obviously loves professional wrestling, she loves real competition just as much, if not more. It’s not something you truly get in the world of professional wrestling. Because inside the ring, you’re actually working with your opponent, rather than against them.

“But yeah, it’s much more difficult to doing actual competition than staged competition, which I absolutely love. Because we get to do all of the fun parts of like, what’s the coolest way this fight could possibly go?

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“Like I remember always thinking to myself that I wanted to do a Sode Tsurikomi Goshi, which is a throw that I didn’t do all the time in MMA. Now think of all the different ways that I would get to do it, and it just never came up, you know.

“But like in wrestling, I get to do it all the time. I get to do all the matches that like yeah, you know what I mean? You can make the fight as entertaining as possible. Instead of like, what? It just ends. And fun.

“Why is it bad to say it’s like fun? If people ask like, easy I’m like, yeah, it’s physically difficult. But everyone’s working together to make sure it works out. It’s not like everybody is conspiring against you to stop you from reaching your goal, you know, in that moment.”

Ronda Rousey is the current WWE Smackdown women’s champion and a former Raw women’s champion. In MMA, she was the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion before reaching household name status in the UFC during her two-year bantamweight title run.

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Sonnen Theorizes Why Rousey Expressed Interest In Carano Fight

Chael Sonnen believes there’s more to Ronda Rousey’s recent comments about Gina Carano than she’s letting on. Recently, “The Rowdy One” suggested that she’d only ever return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for one opponent. That opponent being Carano, a fellow pioneer in women’s MMA. However, taking to his podcast recently, Sonnen speculated that…

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Chael Sonnen believes there’s more to Ronda Rousey’s recent comments about Gina Carano than she’s letting on.

Recently, “The Rowdy One” suggested that she’d only ever return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for one opponent. That opponent being Carano, a fellow pioneer in women’s MMA.

However, taking to his podcast recently, Sonnen speculated that Rousey’s comments might be laying the groundwork for an encounter with Carano inside the professional wrestling ring.

“What’s Ronda really up to? Did she just make a comment? Was she just speaking from the heart and that’s the one person that would bring her back. I wouldn’t begrudge her if it did. But a great worker like Ronda, I think that she’s after something, possibly it’s a match with Gina Carano.

“Like, if anybody could make that it would be Vince McMahon. I don’t know that that would go anywhere. And I actually disagree with the booking. If you’re gonna bring Gina in opposite Ronda, you bring Gina in [as] muscle to protect Ronda.”

Currently, Rousey reigns as the WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Champion. Now full-time with WWE, and Carano working in the acting world, a meeting between the pair in WWE seems far more likely than in MMA.

Rousey hasn’t fought since her 2016 defeat to Amanda Nunes. She exited MMA on a two-fight losing streak – the only two defeats of her career. As for Carano, she also exited the sport after suffering the first loss of her MMA career.

Carano was finished by Cris Cyborg in the first round of their 2009 meeting. Carano has not fought since.

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