Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has yet to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts. Now the fighter has come forward to confirm that she has no plans to retire from the sport.
Ronda Rousey has not competed inside the octagon since going on a two fight losing streak back in 2016. However, the former UFC champion did make her big debut in the WWE over the weekend.
WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view event took place in Philadelphia on Sunday night, Jan. 28. After the first women’s Royal Rumble, Roousey shocked the crowd by taking the stage.
The fighter was adorned in Roddy Piper’s iconic leather jacket, sporting the WWE legend’s “Rowdy” moniker. While Rousey is now signed to the WWE, the former UFC champion explained in a recent interview that she is still not retiring from MMA.
Speaking to ESPN, as seen in the video below, Rousey offered her thoughts when asked about her UFC past.
“(Retirement is) what everybody else seems to say,” Rousey continued. “I never retired from judo. If that’s what you guys want to think. All I know is that I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now, and whatever people want to call that, they can call it.
“This is my life now,” Rousey stated. “First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.’”
Check out the interview in the video below: