Dana white has confirmed that he doesn’t think UFC star Ronda Rousey will ever fight competitively again.
White, the president of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship, made his comments on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and claimed to have spoken to Rousey about her future.
He said he doesn’t expect the former bantamweight champion to ever make a return to the Octagon after her two consecutive losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, FloCombat reports.
When asked about Ronda’s future he explained:
Funny you asked me that, I just talked to Ronda this morning on the way to the gym. She’s good, you know, she’s doing her thing. The conversation I had her with her, if I had to say it right here right now–and I don’t like saying anything because it’s up to her–but I wouldn’t say she fights again.
I think she’s probably done and she’s going to ride off into the sunset and live her life outside of fighting.
White however made it clear however that her decision to retire had nothing to do with being beaten, instead putting it down to a wish to have a life outside of MMA.
He clarified that after her first loss she had something of an epiphany as to her future, especially as she has enough money to retire comfortably and do her own thing.
Losing Rousey would be an undeniable blow for the sport as the Olympic champion’s been a wonderful ambassador for UFC but White says he’s not bitter if she decides to retire.
Look, man, I’m happy for her. She came in and she changed the world. She put female fighting on the map and she’s been a part of the biggest fights in the history of women’s fighting. I hope those records can be broken. I don’t know if they can, but I hope they can.
White also addressed criticism of Ronda Rousey‘s coach Edmond Tarverdyan, pointing out that fans only brought out the knives after Rousey was defeated.