Ronda Rousey Comments on Retirement, UFC 207 vs. Amanda Nunes and More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2016

Ronda Rousey of the US (L) lines up compatriot Holly Holm (R) during the UFC title fight in Melbourne on November 15, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE NO ADVERTISING USE NO PROMOTIONAL USE NO MERCHANDISING USE.  AFP PHOTO/Paul CROCK        (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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UFC superstar Ronda Rousey appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Tuesday to talk about her upcoming fight against Amanda Nunes and her future in MMA

"I've been training twice a day since the beginning of August," Rousey said of her preparations for Nunes, whom she fights December 30 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. "I finally feel like I'm in super-ninja good mode."

But Rousey indicated her retirement may come sooner than expected.

"I'm wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights," Rousey said during the interview.

She added: "Everyone better watch, because the show isn't going to be around forever."

Rousey also commented on the aspects of her UFC career that are more difficult to deal with than the fights themselves:

I think it's the buildup that's more tiring than anything else. If I had a fight right now, I'd be like, 'Fight right now!' and then I'd go get dinner and I wouldn't really be tired about it. It's the weeks and weeks of buildup beforehand, where you know you're fighting this one person, and it's like your showdown, the most important thing in your whole life, and millions of people are watching. It's that buildup, for weeks and weeks on end. If it just happened right now I wouldn't be nervous at all, it's the waiting.

You can see the full interview below:

Rousey, 29, was one of the UFC's most dominant fighters between 2013 and 2015, defending her title belt at 135 pounds six times. In her last three wins, she ended the fights in a combined total of one minute and four seconds, a remarkable string of unprecedented dominance, and she ended all of her first 12 professional wins via knockout or submission.

That made her one of the UFC's most marketable stars and one of the most famous athletes in professional sports.

Her reign of terror ended in November 2015 at UFC 193, however, when Holly Holm knocked her out in the second round in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. The loss hit her so hard that Rousey admitted on the The Ellen Degeneres Show in February 2016 that she had contemplated suicide in the wake of the loss, questioning what worth she had if she wasn't the champion.

Rousey took a year away from the ring but appears refreshed and ready to close her MMA career on a high note. Certainly, the potential of a rematch with Holm is intriguing, though Rousey will need to get past Nunes first. 

    

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