One of the most popular female athletes of all time and Octagon trailblazer Ronda Rousey made a big announcement over the weekend. The former UFC champ has decided to make a big comeback, but she won’t be doing it with the UFC. Rousey has signed on with the WWE full-time and will make a “kind of” return to fighting.
Ronda appeared at the Royal Rumble PPV event in Philly on Sunday night and made her big comeback announcement. She said to ESPN reporter Romona Shelburne, “wrestling is my life now. There are other opportunities that can make me way more money, but this is what I love to do” Rousey was all smiles as she went on to say, “I don’t even have any words right now, I’m just so overstimulated just trying to process all of this.”
Rousey has always had a taste for both competition and the limelight. She first made her debut on the world stage at the 2008 Olympics, earning a bronze medal. She then went into MMA at a time when few women were competing. The UFC didn’t even have a female division when Ronda started destroying opponents in Strikeforce. Ronda won her first few fights in the Strikeforce promotion in less than 1 minute and caught the eye of UFC president Dana White.
White, who formally said the UFC would never have a woman’s division, ate those words after seeing Rousey fight. The Vegas based promotion signed Rousey and her career really took off. Ronday dismantled each opponent the UFC put in front of her, usually in seconds. The hype began to build to the point some were calling her the greatest female athlete alive.
That all changed when Rousey squared off against Holly Holm and suffered her first career loss in devastating fashion, a nasty TKO. That fight seemed to mess with Ronday not only physically but more importantly mentally. Her aura of invincibility was gone, seemingly forever. After taking some time off, Rousey stepped back into the octagon against Brazilian striker Amanda Nunes and was again TKOd, offering no answer for the superior striker Nunes.
After more than 1 year off, many speculated that Rousey would either make one more run at in the UFC, go into acting full-time, or sign with the WWE. To hardcore MMA fans who wanted to see her back in the octagon, it might be a disappointment to see Ronda go into fake fighting. Who knows though, Brock Lesnar made a successful UFC comeback when he was still signed with the WWE. You never know, Ronda might just comeback to the octagon 1 more time. Never say never.