Ronda Rousey
IN PHOTO: Ronda Rousey (R) of U.S fights with 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, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) reigning women’s bantamweight champion, recently spoke about the possibility of hanging up the fighting gloves for good during a discussion about her next title defence against boxer-turned-mixed martial arts aficionado Holly Holm.

The 28-year-old undefeated champion (12-0, 6-0 UFC) has been vocal about her plan to leave the sport for good once she grazes her early 30s. Given the ease by which she has transitioned from the sport to the glamour of film and entertainment, it is understandable that she is considering leaving at the top of her game. The good news is that retirement is not coming soon, especially not after the Holm match.

"I kind of reassess after every fight, but I think it's good for people to know that I'm not going to be around forever either. I'm going to beat Holly and I'm going to reassess. I'm not retiring after Holly, it's not going to be that soon, but I'm getting up there," Rousey recently told Fox Sports.

The Olympic bronze medallist is a mere four fights way from tying Brazilian Anderson Silva’s record of 10 consecutive title defences. After being made aware that the record is up for grabs, “Rowdy” was not coy about adding another prestige to her name but stressed that her focus is on bringing home the record gate numbers and then everything else could follow.

While her latest victory over Bethe Correia proved that she could bring the crowd, her next challenge of attracting a nation equally passionate about MMA in Australia is no easy feat. UFC President Dana White did not think twice of putting his best fighter in the main event for UFC 193 on Nov. 15. The MMA promotional outfit is hoping to lure close to 70,000 attendees to the famed Etihad Stadium which usually houses rugby matches.

Rousey, who is no stranger to huge expectations, welcomed the challenge to deliver another record-breaking number. In fact, she declared that most of her peers salivate of toppling her from the throne, but actually do not have the stomach to live the life of a champion, a stumble block she mostly attributed to her intimidating presence.

"That's one thing that's kind of working against them is when they actually come in to fight me, they get a taste, a small taste, of what that life is going to be like when they're a contender," Rousey said.

While waiting for Rousey’s seventh title defence, take the time to watch how she intimidates her next challenger Holm in the clip below:


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