Ronda Rousey Unofficially Closes the Door On Ever Returning to the UFC Again

Ronda Rousey still refuses to say that she's retired but by all accounts in her latest interview, she's done fighting in the UFC forever.

Ronda Rousey still can’t bring herself to use the word retirement but judging by her latest comments, she’s done fighting in the UFC.

Just minutes after signing a new multi-year contract to join World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Rousey said she still wasn’t ready to close the door on a potential return to the UFC.

While Rousey fighting again always seemed like a long shot, she’s essentially shut down any chance that she will ever step inside the Octagon again following her comments on the subject.

“I don’t know. I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo,” Rousey said when asked on “The Ellen Show” about going back to the UFC. “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting.

“I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”

Rousey last competed in the Olympics in 2008 so it’s not likely she’ll be going for another medal anymore than she’ll be facing another top ranked fighter ever again.

There’s no real shock that Rousey doesn’t plan on fighting again but she’s never been so forthright when it comes to the chances that she would actually return to the UFC one day.

In her last two trips to the Octagon, Rousey suffered back-to-back knockout losses and UFC president Dana White has repeatedly stated that he didn’t expect her to ever return again.

With fighting behind her, Rousey is happy to be part of the WWE where she will make her professional wrestling debut at WrestleMania 34 on April 8.

While Rousey admits there are some nerves involved for her first match, nothing can compare to competing on the biggest stages in her athletic career like she did with the Olympics or defending her UFC title on six occasions.

“I’m extremely excited,” Rousey said about debuting in WWE. “I’m nervous but it’s not like Olympic nervous. The worst thing that will happen is I’ll look stupid, which is not the worst thing that could really happen.

“I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for anything. Like really looking forward to it.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.

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