Ronda Rousey announces MMA retirement; Fight with Amanda Nunes ‘one of last fights’

By @chelean on
Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey (R) of U.S celebrates after defeating Bethe Correia of Brazil during their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) match, a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 1, 2015. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

Ronda Rousey’s upcoming UFC fight with Amanda Nunes could be her last one. The 29-year-old Ultimate Fighting Champion winner has revealed to Ellen DeGeneres in her eponymous talk show that she is retiring from the sports.

“Not that long, I’m wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights,” Ronda said on “The Ellen Show” on Tuesday’s episode when asked how long she would continue to fight in the ring.

This could mean that her UFC 207 battle with Nunes on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, wherein she will try to reclaim the bantamweight title, could be her last.

“So everyone better watch. The show isn’t going to be around forever,” she said.

UFC president Dana White has also confirmed that the MMA star is headed to retirement. White said Rousey has already made a name for herself in the sport, and so she may be pursuing other career now.

“I knew that she’s probably, you know, [retiring],” he told TMZ Sports, adding that although he knew how many fights left she would be taking, he would wait for her to announce that herself.

“Ronda Rousey has made a lot of money. She has accomplished what she set out to do. You get to a point, especially in this business, where you have to start looking at things. And she loves acting. She’s good at it. And if dedicates herself to it, she’ll even be better at it.”

Rousey has co-starred in a few popular films, including “The Expendables 3” (2014), “Furious 7” (2015) and “Entourage” (2015). She will be seen next in the remake of the 1989 action film “Road House” as well.

Meanwhile, in the same “The Ellen Show” episode, Rousey has also explained why US presidential candidate Donald Trump called her a “not a nice person.” Last year, after Rousey had lost a fight to Holly Holm, the Republican candidate gleefully tweeted Rousey’s defeat. This led to some people wondering what Rousey had done to be insulted by Trump.


Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2015


As it turned out, Trump was insulted when Rousey wouldn’t confirm his claim that she would vote for him. Rousey said she would not vote for a reality TV star for president, referring to Trump being the star of the reality program “The Apprentice.”

Watch Ronda Rousey on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show