Ronda Rousey Releases Statement on Her UFC Future

December 31, 2016

Following a 48-second drubbing at the hands of bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at Friday night’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey in Las Vegas, former champion Ronda Rousey released a statement about her future in the sport.

It had been more than a year since Rousey set foot in the Octagon after the first loss of her career at the hands – and foot – of Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November of 2015. To say that her return didn’t go as she had planned would be a massive understatement. 

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Ronda RouseyAs might be expected, Rousey is at a moment of reflection.

“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me,” Rousey said in a statement provided to ESPN.

“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.

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

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  • cuteizzy21

    Rousey has nothing left to prove. She will always be considered a champion.

    • TheCerealKiller

      You’re right, she was a total fraud.

      • cuteizzy21

        So she loses two fights, and now she’s a fraud? That would make every fighter who ever went into the ring a fraud. There are very few undefeated warriors. She won a title through hard work, just because she lost this fight does not diminish her other accomplishments.

        • TheCerealKiller

          She’s a fraud because now that some real talent is coming into the game, she can’t beat any of them. Cyborg would have killed her.

  • TANK MODE

    she will be back in few years for a superfight with holly or miesha i believe

    • Darin

      Should she return, there will be nothing “super” about Ronda ever again.

      • TANK MODE

        they said that after holly holm aswell. even in 2 years time if she came back for a fight with anyone it would do big numbers. she has a lot of fans dont you know?

        “super honda” will come back and ko holm with her great boxing and be a 2 weight world champ like conor

  • runner2300

    She’s probably going to go on Ellen and look for sympathy. Thing is she doesn’t deserve it. She acted like a little spoiled brat during this whole run up to the event. And even after the fight she didn’t even have the decency to give an interview and show respect to Amanda. Woman is a fraud and phony. Good riddance.

    • Yannick Messaoud

      Amen to that, swollen head got deflated real fast last night. She disrespected so many people while she was on top, she does not deserve any sympathy at all.

  • drew

    She needs to fire that bum coach of her’s.

  • juanibunny

    Even in defeat people only talk about Ronda. The same thing happened after the HH fight.
    Ronda, you gave us lots of great fights. Thank you. We wanted you to be invincible so that vicariously, we, would also be brave and invincible like you. But you’re only human and you lost badly and now some of us are mad at you because you made us, vicariously again, feel little and vulnerable. You must forgive us for demanding so much of you.
    If we weren’t so needy as a people, we wouldn’t need champions to lift us up.
    Please don’t come back. You have done enough for us. Let others continue the circus. You go on and prepare for Doomsday and have a bunch of kids and fill their lives with laughter. You have won, Ronda.
    You have exposed the good and the ugly in us. Some of us will see lessons in your life and some of us will not.

    • Darin

      I keep seeing similar comments under Rousey stories, using similar words and phrasing. Yet, the poster’s name is always different. Please piss off troll, and take your religious devotion toward a washed up and over-hyped fighter with you.

      • juanibunny

        I can understand that you don’t like someone, but to unload all your ugliness onto that media person is unacceptable.
        You keep your ugliness and vulgarity to yourself at a job interview, don’t you? You wouldn’t want them to see your vulgarity, right?
        Is it because we can’t see your face online that you grace us with your cussing and vulgarity?
        I bet you wouldn’t call me a troll in person. I bet you wouldn’t tell Ronda in her face what you think of her.
        Also, is your mother washed up, is your father?
        I’m sorry, you hide behind your cussing because you cannot hold a polite conversation.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Nobody else does this! You lost, get over it! You are a garbage fighter with a garbage coach. It’s not too late to get into a real camp and maybe become a real fighter. Cyborg would have killed her.

    • Collideoverme

      Easily

    • BigE

      yea, she’s lucky she never fought Cyborg. You are correct – get in a real camp, get a real coach and make a comeback. That’s only if she has the inner strength – we shall see…

  • LoserLousy

    Ronda: Hello, movie director. I’m free now to do the movie Roadhouse.

    Movie director: Ahhh, I’m sorry Ronda, but we’re looking for someone who CAN fight and as of now, due to the media lying to us and you fighting soccer moms, you really don’t qualify. Roadhouse is not about Judo is about strikers and you’re not one even though your Elmo coach brainwashed you to think you were one. Anyway, we’ll call you if we don’t lose your number.

    Ronda: Oh, ok, we’ll be in touch then.

    A while later…

    Ronda: Hello, Dana. This is Ronda; I’d like to fight cyborg in the Spring.

    Dana: (hold on Amanda) I’m sorry, Ronda who? Hello, I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up ptsssshhh

  • himmler adams

    Question is now was the twice KO’d Rousey ever any good? Look at the stiffs Lousy Rousey beat on who were weak and so average who never fought back. When faced with tough punchers Lousy Rousey crumbled like the fraud Rousey was.

    • Roscoe Gauldin

      Rousey might be the worst boxer in MMA. Moleface Rhonda has been exposed
      as a fraud. Rousey has been carefully matched until Holly Holm who
      exposed Rousey as weak with no stand up and no defense on her feet.
      Rhonda after being KO’d cannot beat Holm again or can Lousy Rousey beat
      Cyborg who will destroy Rousey. Look for Nunes to stop the poor defense
      Rhonda and Ko rousey. Rousey will then fade from the UFC avoiding
      another Holly fight and surely never a cyborg fight. Rousey was a fair
      fighter who cannot punch or defend herself with those slow hands. Same
      as Carano was exposed as a fraud will be Lousey Rousey. Rousey will
      retie with that dimwitted caveman moron Travis unknown Browne to some
      mountain hideaway or shack to breed ringnecks.

      • Carano was not exposed. She lost. Is that a shame these days? She went out on her shield.

        Ask yourself what is says about you that you are shitting on people that are all way more succesfull then you will ever be. Shitting on them without any nuance whatsoever. And you are agreeing and interacting with a guy named “Himmler Adams”, who has a picture of Himmler as his avatar. Boy, I think “Lousy Rousey” sure would like to be you.

        She did get hammered like a mf’er though.

        • Roscoe Gauldin

          that’s not my statement. i copied and pasted what himmler adams wrote and replied to him with it as a mockery due to him posting it like a million times. himmler adams is a moron.

    • BigE

      Rousey beat two girls that beat Amanda.

  • InTheColosseumTonight

    She transcends the sport, but also you have to look at weather she wants to be the best, or be the champ. She was never the best, but she could be the champ again, just not with her current camp.

  • Joe Dog

    It’s a little harsh to call her a “fraud”. Her stand up just really sucks, bad. I mean, how could anyone with her limited skill set imagine she could win by striking with Nunes or Holm. Foolish, at best.

  • John Youwer

    Time for ronda to go join the WWE and fight fake opponents, like she did in the UFC. Well except Holly and Amanda. We all know how that panned out for her.

  • paladinto

    will always support Ronda. She has brought some of the Octagons greatest moments

  • himmler adams

    Lousy Rousey’s legacy is now SHAME and DISGRACE and HUMILIATION

  • himmler adams

    Rousey might be the worst boxer in History. Hillary Clinton could box better than the disgraceful Lousey Rousey. Rousey looked terrible almost defenseless in getting clobbered like a wimp.

    • BigE

      I blame her coach. When she was getting punched in the face her hands and arms were all over the place. Anybody that is coached right would be able to cover up at the very least. Fire that lousy coach, train real stand up and make a comback – if you are strong enough….

  • himmler adams

    Rousey called a fraud and fake now after being exposed with the weak fragile jaw.
    ??? Question is now was the twice KO’d Rousey ever any good? Look at the stiffs Lousy Rousey beat on who were weak and so average who never fought back. When faced with tough punchers Lousy Rousey crumbled like the fraud Rousey was.

  • himmler adams

    Lousy Rousey needs to go to Invicta for a win -maybe but Lousy could be shot.

  • himmler adams

    weak afraid lousy Rousey will be remembered for beating up weak girls with little talent who never fought back hard. Rousey made a fake rep submitting these weak girls. When faCED WITH 2 tough ladies who punched back hard the fraud Rousey crumpled like the fake Lousy Rousey turned out to be. Obnoxious and arrogant and disrespectful to opponents the hated Rousey turned fans off with her arrogance and spite. Great seeinbg this moleface getting KO’d violently and fading into the graveyard of wilted fighters who lost thier rep. There is no Legacy for Rousey but the 2 KO’s. Basically Rousey stunk.

  • BigE

    Take heed McGregor – When you face Nurmagomedov you will look as bad as Rousey. You are both one dimensional fighters that were protected with hand picked opponents. yea you fought Diaz, but he tapped you. Nurmogomedov will rip your head off. You won’t have one succesful title defense.
    Rhonda, I hope you have the strength to come back and face the fact that you are human and everyone can lose. Fire your stupid coach and come back stronger. You can still be the best. I think now you know what the other fighters have to offer.

  • cudgel

    People calling Rhonda a fraud etc. are crazy.

    The real reason that Rhonda gets this flak is that she is/was being pushed by the new bosses. The amount of coverage she gets is overblown and could have been used for other fighters.

    Thats IMGs fault, save your hate for them, they are the ones that made it so Rhonda could get paid millions to lose.