As far as the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has told us, she’s coming back.
One highlight-reel knockout loss at the hands of Holly Holm won’t stop Ronda Rousey from continuing her, now imperfect, career. The decision was arguably expected, but nevertheless relieving for plenty of her fans to hear.
But if the pound-for-pound king of mixed martial arts were in her shoes, he’d hang up the gloves and move onto greener pastures. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo said to MMAFighting:
“I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting. Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You’re crazy. In my opinion, I don’t think [she fights again]. If she comes back, of course she can [win the title]. She was always a fighter, but if I were her, I wouldn’t come back.
“I see this as Gina [Carano’s] situation. Gina was a great fighter and went her way to become an actress after she lost to ‘Cyborg,’ and she’s getting more attention than if she was still fighting. No diet, not getting punched in the face, nothing.”
While fans may be reluctant to drop the vivid images of Holm’s left high kick connecting with Rousey’s neck, Aldo says the former champion will retain her legacy featuring more a more positive note. The first female champion inside the Octagon, Aldo says Rousey will be the one who forever changed women’s MMA for the better.