Just as she is getting ready to return, Ronda Rousey is saying the real end of her career is approaching.
At UFC 207, Rousey will make her return to the Octagon since she lost the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 193 against Holly Holm. She will challenge the current champion Amanda Nunes, but it seems even if she does win, we may not see another long run as champion.
“Not that long, I’m wrapping it up,” Rousey said on Ellen (transcription via MMA Fighting). “This is definitely one of my last fights.
“So everyone better watch. The show isn’t going to be around forever.”
It is one of the few times Rousey has publicly spoken since her last fight a year ago. Afterwards, she entered a hiatus and for a while it was unclear whether Rousey would ever make a return to the sport.
Last month though, UFC made it official that Rousey would be the first challenger to Nunes after she won the title at UFC 200 against Miesha Tate.
Like a lot of fighters, Rousey says the actual fighting is not the issue when it comes to competing in the sport, but it is everything leading up. Even more so than the physical grind, Rousey says it is a mental grind to get ready for a fight and have to wait all that time before the night comes.
“I think it’s more of the build-up that’s more tiring than anything else,” Rousey said. “Like, if we had a fight right now, I’d be like, I’d fight right now and I’ll go get dinner, and I wouldn’t feel like really tired about it. It’s the weeks and weeks of build-up beforehand, and you know you’re fighting this one person, and it’s this showdown, the most important thing in your life, and millions of people are watching.
“It’s that build-up for weeks on end. If it just happened right now, I wouldn’t be nervous at all. It’s the waiting.”