While visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, Ronda Rousey announced that she’s packing it in and gearing up retirement at the ripe old age of 29.
The UFC fighter who is preparing to fight Amanda Nunes in December said: “Not that long, I’m wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch because the show isn’t gonna be around forever!”
She makes it clear that the sport itself is not what’s gotten her down. She is exhausted by the grandeur and hype of it all. The intensity has gotten to her lately, so she’s choosing to leave.
“The build-up is more tiring than anything else,” she said. “If we had a fight right now, I’d be like, ‘I’ll 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 build-up beforehand and you know you’re fighting this one person and it’s your showdown and the most important thing in your whole life and millions of people are watching. It’s that build-up for weeks on end. If it happened right now, I wouldn’t be nervous at all. It’s the waiting.”
Dana White, UFC President, explains just how big of a deal Rousey’s fights are.
“[The announcement of] Ronda’s return garnered 489 million impressions, making it the most re-tweeted announcement in UFC history,” White told Yahoo Sports. ” … Her return is huge and yes, the PPV will be massive.”
“Ronda will be the biggest pay-per-view in our history and it will be the record for a long time,” White said back in August. “It is all the mainstream media will talk about all over the world. When we announce that fight, they will be tripping over themselves to get to her.”
It sounds like Rousey is tired of people getting to her and is ready to step away from the limelight.