Former women’s bantamweight champion of the UFC Ronda Rousey has had a tumultuous two years. After her meteoric rise to stardom saw her starring in multiple Hollywood films and even guest appearing in the WWE, Rousey’s decline began when she was knocked out early in the second round of her fight with Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia back in late 2015.
The Olympic bronze medallist judoka took a year off to try and get her camp in order, in the process ignoring media obligations as she addressed some glaring holes in her striking capabilities. She was later shut down within the first minute of her comeback fight, a title match with current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Rousey was lit up early in the fight, her head snapped back by the furious striking Nunes displayed, before being TKO’d along the cage fence. She then took another media hiatus, but now the news has broken that Rousey may be eyeing off a new career, this time in pro wrestling. Rousey has previously appeared at WWE WrestleMania 31 and Summerslam 2014, and her website has been teasing a “big announcement” for quite some time now.
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Rousey’s UFC run is covered in victories stemming from her Olympic level judo, with many of her wins coming by way of submission. She had looked unstoppable before she faced off with Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Rousey admitted to feeling suicidal after suffering the losses, and many fans and friends of the former champion called on her to retire from mixed martial arts.
Rousey’s mother, Doctor AnnMaria De Mars spoke to TMZ regarding the advice she gave her daughter.
“I would have liked to see her retire a long time ago. Who wants to see their kid get hit?
Cause she’s got a lot of talent in a lot of other things. Movies, writing, producing, she’s really, really smart,” said De Mars. “I told her at the beginning when she started. I said: “You’re smart and beautiful – let the stupid people get punched in the face. Sorry stupid people.”
Now it seems that Rousey may have finally listened to her mother, with the Olympian being rumoured to be taking her gal pals, “The Four Horsewoman”, to appear at the Mae Young Classic event. An employee of the WWE has said that Rousey has expressed an interested in a pro wrestling run and that Rousey and WWE star Brian Kendrick have been training together of late.
Could the former bantamweight queen really be moving to pro wrestling? Let us know what you think in the comments!