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Ronda Rousey retired from the UFC and transitioned to professional wrestling after facing defeats and emotional challenges. During her UFC career, Rousey achieved remarkable success, becoming the first-ever women’s bantamweight champion and earning a 10-fight winning streak. However, her undefeated streak ended with the loss to Holly Holm, followed by another defeat against Amanda Nunes.

She officially retired from MMA and started her WWE career, where she became one of the highest-paid performers. Rousey’s WWE journey had its ups and downs, including controversies and setbacks, but she made a significant impact on the industry. While she remains open to a potential UFC return, the celebrated UFC commentator Jon Anik has commented on her comeback by putting forth a strong case.

Will Ronda Rousey leave WWE and return to the UFC?


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As of now, there is no definitive information about whether Ronda Rousey will leave WWE and make a return to the UFC. Rousey’s current focus remains on her career in professional wrestling with WWE, where she competes on the SmackDown brand and holds the women’s champion title during her second reign.

However, in regard to a potential return to the UFC, Rousey expressed her admiration and deep respect for Gina Carano, a former MMA fighter and actress. During an interview with WWE legend Kurt Angle, Rousey stated, “There’s only one person I would come back for… For Gina, man. Gina Carano. She’s the reason why I got into fighting. She’s the reason why I knew it was a possibility. I will always be forever grateful.” She added, “If she ever was like, ‘Ronda, I want to fight you tomorrow what, you know, 205 pounds’, like whatever the hell you want. I’m not saying she’s 205 pounds…If she wanted to come into my backyard and do like you know, the Rocky thing or you know, ‘ding ding’ and we just do it in the backyard, I don’t care. I will fight Gina wherever she wants.”

Ronda Rousey won’t reenter the UFC ‘without the guarantee that she would be competitive’ now 

Former women’s MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey has been absent from the sport for nearly seven years, but with Amanda Nunes retiring and leaving a void in the women’s bantamweight title landscape, there have been discussions about Rousey’s potential UFC comeback. UFC commentator Jon Anik believes that now would be the opportune moment for Rousey to return.

Anik was asked about the possibility of Rousey’s comeback in a recent interview with MMA Fighting, particularly considering the recent acquisition of WWE by Endeavor, where Rousey is currently signed. According to Anik, the stars are aligning for Rousey’s return.

The UFC commentator said, “In a true meritocracy, that’s not gonna sit well with me nor the athletes that have been donating blood, sweat, and tears to mixed martial arts over the last several years,”

He added, “If anyone is worthy of that opportunity, it’s probably Ronda Rousey, and I do believe that she would be competitive. She wouldn’t enter that setting without the guarantee that she would be competitive.”

What is Ronda Rousey doing now? 

Currently, Ronda Rousey is actively engaged in various pursuits. She is continuing her career in the entertainment industry, specifically in acting and professional wrestling. Rousey remains under contract with WWE and competes on the SmackDown brand, where she holds the title of the division’s women’s champion during her second reign.

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In addition to her wrestling endeavors, Rousey is involved in film projects, having made appearances in movies such as “The Expendables 3”, “Furious 7”, “Mile 22”, and the memoir adaptation “My Fight/Your Fight” and will be now be seen in the star-studded reality show “Stars on Mars”. Rousey’s talent and versatility have propelled her to become a notable figure in both the sports and entertainment worlds.


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Why did Ronda Rousey leave the UFC?

Her departure was not solely prompted by her loss to Amanda Nunes in 2016, but also by a knockout defeat to Holly Holm in 2015, which deeply affected her. In an interview with Daniel Cormier, ‘Rowdy’ revealed that she no longer wanted to compete in MMA for the approval of others and realized she had been competing for the wrong reasons.


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“I think it was difficult in both judo and MMA, in that everyone else felt that they wanted more from me… Like, in judo you peak in your mid-20s. I medaled at 21 so I was going to be 25 for the next Olympics. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh this is it. You’re going to be the first [American woman] to win an Olympic gold,’ And I didn’t want it anymore, you know. And I couldn’t do it for everybody else.”

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