Speculation is at a fever pitch following Ronda Rousey’s loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 207. There was speculation that Rousey would leave the UFC after the event regardless of the outcome. She was a hapless shell of the transformative fighter she was prior to her loss to Holly Holm and was defeated in just 48 seconds.
It appears that Rousey’s nutrition coach, Mike Dolce, feels that a wait and see approach is best.
“I wouldn’t be surprised either way,” Dolce said during an appearance on The MMA Hour Monday. “I want to make sure that’s contextual. If she says, ‘I want to be back for Super Bowl weekend or the July 4th card,’ I would not be surprised in the slightest. If she says, ‘I’ve done my thing in MMA, I’m gonna retire as a legend in the sport, specifically for WMMA,’ I wouldn’t be surprised, either. I truly think it’s 50-50 right now.”
Rousey’s popularity rocketed with her quick knockouts and submissions, as she helped legitimize women fighters in MMA.
All good things must end, though. And while Rousey certainly didn’t look like the fighter that made her a household name on Friday, Dolce scoffs at the suggestion that Rousey wasn’t prepared for the fight against Nunes.
According to Dolce, the former Batnamweight champ started her nutrition program two months earlier than usual, maintaining her weight in the 140’s throughout her entire training process.
Ronda Rousey has transcend the Octagon at this point, and appears primed to springboard a career in other areas if she wishes to do so. She has already made appearances in several films and television commercials and has shown interest in becoming more involvement in entertainment.
Rousey will take her time making a decision about her future, and it could be some time before we hear her plans.
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