Ronda Rousey is arguably the only true household names to emerge from the world of MMA fighting thus far.
As the fighter who’s done more than anyone else to help gain mainstream acceptance for what many once regarded as a fringe bloodsport, Rousey is invaluable to the UFC brand.
Which is why an announcement that she made today on the Ellen show is likely being met with dismay by the league’s execs:
In the interview, which airs in syndication today, Rousey discusses her upcoming fight with Amanda Nunes – and reveals that she won’t be stepping into the octagon for much longer:
“Not that long,” Rousey says, when asked about how much time is left in her fighting career.
“I’m wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch.”
Though Rousey is unquestionably the sport’s best-known figure, her career has not been without its ups and downs.
The Nunes fight on December 31 is being viewed as something of a must-win comeback bout for the 29-year-old Rousey,
Rousey lost to Holly Holm in an embarrassing defeat that cost her the women’s bantamweight championship last November.
Following the first defeat of her professional career Rousey fell into a deep depression and required corrective surgery to repair the damage caused by blows to the face.
Those days appear to be behind the fighter now, and she seems to be single-mindedly focused on defeating Nunes.
Well, almost single-mindedly.
Rousey took a moment to fire a quick jab at Donald Trump during her sit-down with Ellen.
As you may recall Trump falsely claimed that Rousey supported him early in his run for the White House.
Rousey corrected him, which led the candidate to slam her on Twitter, as he’s wont to do.
Interestingly, Holly Holm is an outspoken Trump supporter.
Should make the inevitable rematch between Ronda and Holly even more exciting!