Ronda Rousey put the MMA world into a tizzy on Thursday, when she hinted that she had “two years left” in the fight business. After all, she is one of MMA's youngest, brightest stars, and suggesting she will be gone sooner than later is a scary prospect for women's MMA fans and the UFC as a whole.
Based on this, many fans speculated that Rousey may not truly be committed to combat sports. The UFC champ had some pointed words on Twitter for that lot this morning:
To everyone giving me shit for"hypothetically retiring"someday-ill retire when I feel like my mark has been made and Im ready to make babies— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
My best guess was 2-3 years but thats a guess,who knows,the day Im not overjoyed2go2the gym is the day I quit.Could be tomorrow or in 7years— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
But ill tell you what,every1 giving me shit4entertaining the idea is expediting it.Im a fighter&always will be,only ill know when its enough— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
So fuck all you hating twitter bitches, have a great time spending the rest of your day seething over my options and choices— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
And for everyone that has my back and has been supportive through all this. Thank you so much,I can't explain how much I appreciate you all.— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
Rousey achieved overnight stardom following her belt-grabbing armbar victory over Miesha Tate in Strikeforce last year. In the time since, she has appeared all over American media, including an appearance on Conan, photo shoots for ESPN The Magazine and Maxim and, most recently, two relatively high-profile action movies in Fast and Furious 7 and The Expendables 3.
While Rousey has maintained commitment to Strikeforce and the UFC in spite of the increased number of media appearances admirably to this point, the speculation regarding when Hollywood will scoop her up always surrounds prominent female athletes.
Look no further than the face of women's MMA, Gina Carano, who left fighting after her 2009 fight with Cris "Cyborg" Justino (at the time Santos) and has since appeared prominently in three Hollywood films.
With Rousey lining up movies already, many seem to believe it is only a matter of time before Rousey leaves MMA for something less physically trying and more lucrative.
For now, at least, Rousey's life is absorbed in fighting, as she continues her presence in the UFC's world tour and continues to promote the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (where she coaches a team opposite Miesha Tate).