Ronda Rousey Hinting at Another UFC Return?

January 9, 2017
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Ronda Rousey has been largely quiet since she stumbled in her return to the Octagon opposite bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30, but did she just hint at another possible return?

In the days following the brutal 48-second loss to Nunes, Rousey released a statement to ESPN.

Ronda Rousey UFC 207 on scale“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. 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,” she said.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”

Rousey obviously hadn’t made up her mind about her future at that point. 

On Monday, Rousey posted a vague statement on Instagram, quoting famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling: “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation upon which I rebuilt my life.”

Prior to writing the Harry Potter books, Rowling was a struggling divorcee on welfare with a daughter to raise. She had hit rock bottom, but turned her idea about the wizarding world into an unparalleled success.

Rousey, of course, already rose to the top of the mixed martial arts world as the UFC’s first women’s bantamweight champion, defending the belt numerous times before falling to Holly Holm in November of 2015 and Nunes at the end of 2016.

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She is surely hoping that she has hit the rock bottom of her mixed martial arts career, having never tasted defeat prior to her recent back-to-back losses. 

Rousey’s citing of Rowling’s quote could be an indicator that she is planning an MMA rebound. Its meaning, however, is hazy, and could just as easily be pointing to a major shift in the direction for her life. Until she breaks her silence, we’re unlikely to know which way she is leaning.


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  • Triggerman99

    The suspense is absolutely killing me.

  • TheCerealKiller

    She can’t make another return, she hasn’t gone away yet!

  • Darin

    There must be a billion pictures of Ronda Rousey out there, mmaweekly recycles the same 3 over and over.

  • jack lee

    shes done retire enjoy whats left of your cash ,don’t be a punching bag . cant beat the butch champ or holly or cyborg .may have to pay the ufc to fight again.

    • himmler adams

      Think what cyborg would have done to the fraud Rousey?? 35 sec KO.

      • me

        Hermler, that is the only thing you’ve been right about. Try to not be an ass the rest of the time and you may yet grow to be a real boy.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    She can if she wants

    As much as we enjoyed watching her get her axx kicked,
    after all that smart mouth,
    we love to see someone make good too

    Believe it or not

  • InTheColosseumTonight

    She reminds me of a child that thinks they are very good at a game. When the time finally comes thst someone defeats them, rather than strive to improve and learn from their mistakes they give up and never play again. The only reason she was in that ring starts with 3 and rymes with Nathan Fillion. If she really want to “return”, she needs to be treated like other fighters. Put her on a fox card against a top 10 she hasn’t beaten.

  • Yannick Messaoud

    Maybe learn to be a down to earth human being first, stop trash talking everyone and disrespecting all, saying you can beat anyone. She did great for MMA maybe if it was not of her women MMA would not be where its at right now, but she needs to learn to respect others. Now with 2 KO in her last 2 fights clearly shows she can be beaten, i guess that they figured her out. Not sure what happened between the Beth fight where she did win impressive and the Holmes fight…… she was out for so long too. The worst that could happen is she wins again because she is gonna start her crap all over again.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    You can at the very least have some success
    But you need to try
    And not take things for granted

  • Roscoe Gauldin

    why wouldn’t she come back? she made 3 million in 80 seconds, and didn’t do a thing.

    • himmler adams

      lousy would get aNOTHER 3 MILLION to fight again. The UFC pulled in $66 million on the PPV revenue alone. Let the hated Rousey make the cash. Lousy sure as hell cannot act in a movie.

      • Groinstrike

        and after all your trash talk, Himmler she is still more popular, successful, and wealthier than you will ever be.

        • himmler adams

          don’t bet on it wimp.

          • himmler adams

            Heil Trump

      • Wanderlei

        We can only hope the charlatan she surrounds herself with, rob her blind and she ends up broke.

  • himmler adams

    Rousey now a fraud and exposed as a fake has no other option to make cash. Lousy’s movie career is about as good a Rousey’s weak jaw-terrible. Now the exposed fraud moleface Rhonda has only the option to earn money by fighting lesser fighters to pay the bills. That gronk club carrying cave man dimwit Travis Browne can’t pay anything on his own. Life is about money only money and lousy Rousey has one option fight and continue the humiliation of continued defeat. Watch the weak broad Lousy will face next. So great seeing the arrogant obnoxious Rousey getting KO’d twice. Heck Hillary Clinton could last longer than 48 seconds against Nunes.

    • me

      Himmler, if that’s your real name, why so angry? Is trolling the comment sections of the internet the only human interaction you can get? Stop for one day, put up your keyboard and leave your mom’s basement. You may even be able to speak to a real girl at the Burger King. Provided she’s deaf and blind. Good luck.

      • himmler adams

        hey wimp you seem so girly and feminine. Go cry about Lousy Rosuey unless you are the unbathed ann marie? see ya Hillary

        • me

          I guess I would seem girly and feminine to you, since the only girl you know is your mother. You need to know, her beard and mustache are not common among women. I realize the only reason you type the stupid asinine comments is to get a rise from others but this is the last time I reply. I didn’t cry over Rousey. I just can’t stand pissy little cowards that hide behind a keyboard using an idiotic icon, much less a German murderer. So, go ahead and spit your mental diarrhea at me, I don’t have time for small weak minded wannabes. You just aren’t clever enough to even warrant more than this.

          • himmler adams

            the lady seems angry must be that time of the month? slap a pad on Missy.

  • Muaythai4life

    Gotta love vague posts. They give us so much to talk about.

  • himmler adams

    Lousy is used up and finished after the humiliation of being exposed as a fraud with a weak jaw and flabby. There is no place for the demolished soft Rousey lousy anywhere but maybe Invicta. Niunes is still laughing at the weak child jaw Ko’d rousey. All america cheered for Nunes.

  • Wanderlei

    Her media manager in charge of social media account desperate to keep cash cow alive.

  • himmler adams

    The UFC now has to find a wimp soft weak girl for Rousey to arm bar. It’s over for mole face.

  • Paul Benvin

    Must be a slow news day, because if MMA Weekly is finding hidden meanings in ridiculous memes then there really is nothing going on of note. She’s done, and the reason I say this is because her brain can’t take any more damage. It is clearly evident she can’t take a punch, and if she wants to make the jump to making bottom-tier action movies then she should probably stop letting people use her head as a speed bag.

    The only reason she’s posting those silly messages is because she learned from the last beating she took from Holm that pouting in the corner does nothing for her in terms of public perception. She’s trying to stay relevant in the minds of her screaming, Bieber-loving tween fan base in the hopes they won’t forget her when she makes her inevitable jump to whichever entertainment venue will pay her obscene amounts of money next.

    Rousey is done, and anyone who believes she even has any interest in fighting anymore is just trying to turn back time. Sorry folks.