Whether or not she was proper or improper, UFC bantamweight fighter Chelsea Chandler created fairly the commotion within the blended martial arts world on Wednesday after she said she had heard Ronda Rousey was eyeing a UFC return.
Whereas the one one who is aware of if there’s any fact to Chandler’s assertion is Rousey herself, many have shared their opinion on the matter, together with one among solely two fighters to ever beat Rousey — Holly Holm.
“Truthfully, I actually suppose she’s happier doing what she’s doing now than she was in preventing; I simply sense that,” Holm told MMA Fighting. “I don’t know so I’m not going to say 100% on that, however I sense that she’s having fun with her time and her life and being a mother and doing her wrestling. I actually don’t suppose [she’s coming back].”
The timing of Rousey’s rumored curiosity in returning to the Octagon is handy contemplating her WWE contract expires later this yr and former girls’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes’ sudden retirement final month.
Rousey hasn’t fought within the UFC since shedding to Nunes in 48 seconds at UFC 207 in 2016 for the ladies’s bantamweight championship. Nunes went on a powerful 9-1 run after that combat, whereas Rousey started working full-time for the WWE and had a baby in September 2021.
At 36, Rousey could be older than each girls’s bantamweight fighter ranked within the prime 10 aside from Holm, who’s 41.
“Clearly she’s not captivated with preventing anymore,” Holm added. “…You must bodily need to be there. You must mentally need to be there. You must emotionally need to be there.”