Following all the hype surrounding MMA fighter Ronda Rousey’s return to the ring, which ended in a knockout by Amanda Nunes, Rousey may not ever fight again.
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future,” Rousey said in a statement to ESPN.
In Rousey’s re-entrance to the octagon at UFC 207, challenger Nunes only took 48 seconds to finish her with a KO that swiftly ended her chance at redemption.
Now Rousey, 29, has finally spoken out.
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned,” Rousey said to ESPN. “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.”
To add insult to injury, Nunes said in a post-fight interview that she believes Rousey should call it quits.
“That’s it for her. For sure, she’s going to retire. She can’t take any more. If she wanted a rematch, it’d be the same thing,” Nunes said.
The crushing loss was Rousey’s first attempt at a comeback since her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015, where Holm knocked her unconscious with a kick in the head.