Ronda Rousey
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Signs WWE deal
BantamweightUFC
January 28, 2018
Rousey signed a contract with WWE on Sunday which will make her a full-time member of the organization, ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The news caught fans by surprise, as after it was rumored she would be a participant in the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia on Sunday, Rousey indeed shocked the audience by showing up to the event, and news of the contract leaked shortly after. While it's unknown the exact terms of the deal, the WWE has already drummed up anticipation for a Rousey appearance at WrestleMania 34, and this likely means her career as a UFC fighter is officially done. If her time in combat sports is indeed over, she'll certainly be looked back upon as one of the premier female fighters to take the cage. Rousey kicked her career off with a bang by becoming the first American woman to win a medal in the Olympic sport of Judo, and then made waves as she won each of her first 12 professional fights -- many in the first frame or minute -- before falling to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, bringing her career record to 12-2. Rousey is also a former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and had six title defenses throughout her illustrious career as well.
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Dana White dismissive of comeback
BantamweightUFC
November 29, 2017
UFC President Dana White said during Tuesday's media lunch that he doesn't want to see Rousey return to the Octagon, though he did acknowledge that she has not officially retired, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rousey last competed in the UFC 11 months ago, when she suffered her second consecutive knockout defeat at the hands of current champion Amanda Nunes. She has been quiet in the media about her loss, though the former champion has yet to come out and formally put an end to her fighting career. It's unclear if Rousey continues to train, but because she technically isn't retired, USADA continues to show up at her door for periodic drug tests. As such, the door may be open if she ever wants to return, though Rousey does have plenty of other lucrative opportunities in the entertainment business to keep her busy.
Dana White believes career may be done
BantamweightUFC
January 31, 2017
UFC President Dana White stated Tuesday on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that Rousey seems to be leaning towards retirement. "I wouldn't say she fights again. I think she's probably done," White concluded.
ANALYSIS
Rousey laid the foundation for the popularity of women's mixed martial arts, and at one point was arguably the biggest draw of the entire UFC roster. After back-to-back KO losses, however, the former champion has lost much of that allure and marketability. She simply didn't appear to be competitive in either defeat, both of which came against world class strikers. That being said, Rousey would likely be favored against the great majority of the women's bantamweight roster if she were to choose to continue, and 29 years old is typically the prime of most fighters' careers. Rather than risk her long-term health, however, it's possible she'll be content to "ride off into the sunset" and explore opportunities outside the octagon. One thing is for certain: if Rousey ever does decide to return to combat sports, she needs to hire a respectable coach that can play to her strengths, as well as elect a camp that will allow her to hone her skills by sparring against other elite fighters.
Lasts 48 seconds in KO loss to Amanda Nunes
BantamweightUFC
December 30, 2016
Rousey came up short in her quest to regain the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship, falling to Amanda Nunes via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Round 1 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Rousey may have taken a ton of time off, but her striking defense was just as terrible as it was in the Holly Holm fight - if not worse. Ronda allowed Nunes to stalk her from the moment the opening bell rang and she didn't come remotely close to defending herself at any point and time. Rousey never went down, but she was essentially out on her feet and Herb Dean did her a favor by stopping the fight when he did. As everyone knows, Rousey did no press events leading up to this fight. It was the wrong decision on the UFC's part to allow her to avoid those obligations and their decision looks even worse right now. Ronda certainly doesn't need the money, and she has countless other opportunities outside of MMA. It would be far from surprising if this was the last time that we ever see her inside the octagon. She looks like a broken fighter who has given up on the sport.
Return booked against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207
BantamweightUFC
October 12, 2016
UFC President Dana White stated Wednesday afternoon on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd that Rousey will return to the Octagon to face Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Rousey may have taken over a year off by the time she enters the Octagon again, but the former bantamweight champion has certainly earned the right to an immediate title shot as one of the promotion's all-time biggest superstars. A lot has happened in the women's bantamweight division since Rousey suffered her first career loss to Holly Holm, as Nunes is the weight class's third champion. Like Holly Holm, Nunes is a gifted striker, earning nine of her 13 professional victories by knockout. That being said, Nunes doesn't have nearly the reach advantage that Holm had back on that fateful November evening. To earn the belt back, Rousey will need to fight a more disciplined fight than the last time we saw her, and she might be best-suited to use her judo skills to get this fight to the ground.
In negotiations for UFC 207
BantamweightUFC
September 22, 2016
Rousey is currently in negotiations to fight UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Damon Martin of FOX Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Rousey has reportedly been offered the fight, although nothing is officially confirmed just yet, as the two sides likely still have to hammer out the details. It would be a tough task after nearly a year-long layoff for Rousey, as Nunes is riding a four-fight winning streak that was capped off with a title-winning, submission victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 200. Nunes is a dangerous striker, with nine of her 13 wins via knockout, so Rousey would be wise to stick to her judo and grappling and attempt to get this one to the ground early. Even after the layoff, Rousey would almost certainly enter this projected matchup as the betting favorite.