‘I kept doing it for everyone’ – UFC legend Ronda Rousey regrets fighting when she didn’t want to anymore


MMA legend Ronda Rousey regrets continuing her fighting career after falling in love with the sport.

The former UFC bantamweight champion broke barriers and amassed a 12-2 record during her professional MMA career, before quitting in 2016 at age 31.

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Amanda Nunes cemented her position as the face of Women’s MMA when she destroyed Rousey in 2016

Rousey suffered a knockout loss to Holly Holm in 2015 before returning a year later to face Amanda Nunes, who stopped her in a minute and ended her epic MMA reign.

“Rowdy” has since gone on to have a very successful professional wrestling career with WWE and she just wishes she had made the decision to quit wrestling sooner.

“I think it was difficult [to walk away] in judo and MMA, to the extent that everyone felt they wanted more of me,” Rousey told Daniel Cormier on The DC Check-In.

“In judo, you peak in your mid-twenties. I won a medal at 21 so I was going to be 25 for the next Olympics. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, that’s it. You gonna be the first [American woman] to win Olympic gold.

Rouse won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics

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Rouse won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics

Before becoming one of the biggest UFC stars of all time

Before becoming one of the biggest UFC stars of all time


Rousey was able to walk away from judo at the peak of her powers, but opted to stay in MMA longer than she should have due to outside influences.

“I didn’t want it anymore and I couldn’t do it for everyone and I think that’s a mistake I made with MMA, that’s when I got to that point where I didn’t wanted more, I kept doing it for everyone,” she said.

Although she fell in love with the sport, Rousey recently revealed that she would return to the Octagon for one particular opponent.

The American isn’t interested in avenging her losses to Holm or Nunes but would be open to a fight with MMA trailblazer Gina Carano.

Gina Carano has made a name for herself away from fighting

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Gina Carano has made a name for herself away from fighting

Rousey made a successful transition to WWE

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Rousey made a successful transition to WWE

Carano only had eight fights in MMA but made a significant impact before retiring with a 7-1 record after losing to Cris Cyborg in a Strikeforce bantamweight title bout in 2009.

The 40-year-old, who has decided to pursue an acting career and has appeared in films such as Haywire, Fast & Furious 6 and Deadpool, appears to be interested in fighting Rousey.

While promoting his new film Terror on the Prairie, Carano expressed his willingness to fight Rousey in six months after he finishes working on his various television and film projects.



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