Earlier this week, Ronda Rousey made an appearance on Ellen and surprised many by saying her upcoming fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 next month will be one of her last. The announcement didn’t catch UFC president Dana White off guard, however, as he told TMZ that he knew Rousey’s days as a fighter were numbered.
“I don’t want to take the wind out of her sail,” White said. “I’ll let her say her own stuff. Obviously I know what’s going on with her, but yeah, it’s winding down with Ronda.”
As for how quickly it’s winding down for Rousey, White said nothing more than “she’ll have enough for us to still enjoy watching her.” After that, it sounds like Rousey will shift her focus towards acting because that’s her passion. Remember, she made small appearances in Entourage and The Expendables 3 over the last couple of years, and she’s slated to star in the remake Road House and team up with Tina Fey for Do Nothing Bitches – a comedy inspired by her popular phrase – in the near future.
“I think when she says she’s done she’s done,” White continued. “Because, you know, at the end of the day she stopped doing judo, she moved on to mixed martial arts, and I think when she’s done with that she’ll probably move on to acting.”
White was also asked if Rousey will fight Cris Cyborg before she walks away from mixed martial arts for good, and he made it sound as though it’s entirely up to them. Rousey is reportedly itching to fight Cyborg and Cyborg hasn’t shied away from making her feelings for Rousey known since making her UFC debut in May. The problem is Cyborg struggles to get down to 140 pounds and Rousey competes at 135 pounds. Unless one of them is willing to meet the other in the middle, the superfight is unlikely to happen.