“I’m selling a product and I have to be out there; I don’t have the option not to be,” she says. “But after this fight, I’m definitely going to let some people miss me, for sure. Believe me, there’s nothing I would like to do more than disappear for a while.
“I would like to wait until UFC 200 to fight again. I’m going to be filming [movies] in the meantime, so I’m still going to be keeping busy,” she continues. “When I’m filming it’s kind of weird, I’m on camera the whole time, but nothing really goes out until a year or two later. It is kind of like disappearing in a way.”
It’s no secret that Rousey (12-0) has consumed the spotlight in the lead-up to her seventh title defense opposite Holm (9-0), which takes place at Melbourne, Australia’s Etihad Stadium with a potentially record-setting crowd in attendance. From appearances on Ellen and The Tonight Show to guest-hosting gigs on SportsCenter and history-making cover shoots for Ring Magazine, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ has been a constant presence – and not just when it comes to media coverage.
Her matchup with Holm will be Rousey’s third fight in less than nine months. And with the media required for each UFC appearance, she’s had to run the same gauntlet – and answer the same questions – time and time again. But if all goes according to plan, she won’t set foot inside the Octagon again until July 9, 2016, when UFC takes over the new Las Vegas Arena, an eight-month hiatus that would represent her second longest break from fighting since she began her MMA career in 2011.