Former MMA and UFC star Ronda Rousey made a full-time transition to the world of WWE in 2018. Her move to professional wrestling came after a period of sporadic appearances in the ring following her departure from mixed martial arts.
In 2016, Rousey suffered a huge knockout loss to Amanda Nunes. This led her to take a step back from the sport. In a 2018 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Rousey expressed her belief that a comeback to the UFC was unlikely.
Fast forward a few years, and rumors have recently surfaced suggesting that Ronda Rousey might be contemplating a return to the MMA and the UFC. The speculation began after Amanda Nunes announced her retirement, leaving the bantamweight title vacant.
During a discussion on a UFC broadcast, commentator Jon Anik mentioned Rousey as a potential contender for the newly vacant title.
While some fans initially dismissed Anik’s comments as mere speculation, reports soon emerged indicating that Ronda Rousey could in fact be considering a comeback.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that Rousey has informed WWE of her impending departure. However, the exact date remains uncertain.
According to Meltzer, this was always part of the plan. He said: “This was always, always, always the plan. It kept getting delayed and then Ronda got hurt and the thing was – and I don’t know the date, and it might be SummerSlam, it might be a little bit after – the deal is that Ronda has a hard out.”
“She gave a date, ‘This is my last date.’ I remember talking to somebody there and it’s like, ‘I know they’re going to do this, and I guess, make the big match for WrestleMania.’ And it’s like, ‘No, her hard out is…’ – they didn’t give me the date but it’s long before WrestleMania.”
Following Meltzer’s report, many people have started to speculate whether Ronda Rousey’s departure from WWE could be a precursor to her potential return to the UFC.
Rousey herself has not commented on the rumors as of now, leaving fans and critics eagerly awaiting any official statement. The possibility of her coming back to compete for the coveted bantamweight title would undoubtedly be an intriguing development.
In her MMA career, Ronda Rousey achieved an impressive record of 12 wins and 2 losses. She has a notable 6-2 record in the UFC and became the first UFC bantamweight champion. Throughout her career, Rousey secured victories against respected opponents such as Miesha Tate, Julia Budd, Liz Carmouche, and Cat Zingano.