Ronda Rousey Has All But Confirmed Her Retirement From UFC

The one-time MMA icon will almost certainly not return to the Octagon in 2017.

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Ronda Rousey The UFC star and future... Image Matthew Stockman/Getty

Ronda Rousey has all but confirmed her retirement from the world of UFC after taking up a role on a major TV show in the US.

Rousey is taking up a team captain role on ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network Stars” which will see two sets of former TV celebrities go up against each other in a series of athletic contests.

The former UFC favourite will be joined by NFL Denver Broncos star DeMarcus Ware as the opposite captain in the series that’s been off the air since 1989.

A total of 100 different stars, from across 14 different networks covering multiple genres will feature on the series, which is due to start on June 29.

Rousey suffered a humiliating defeat on her last visit to the Octagon at UFC 207, with reigning women’s’ 135Ibs champion Amanda Nunes claiming victory in less than 50 seconds.

It was the second successive defeat for Rowdy who, while yet to formerly confirm her retirement, has been away focusing on TV work with a guest role in the series Blindspot.

UFC president Dana White also appears convinced her time in the sport is over.

“She hasn’t told me she’s going to retire but I think she will,” he told CNN.

Rhonda Rousey in the UFC.
Rhonda Rousey Have we seen the last of her in the UFC? Image Getty

“She made a lot of money, she made a huge impact on the sport.

“Women’s mixed martial arts wouldn’t exist right now if it wasn’t for Ronda Rousey and she can go away having left an amazing legacy and an incredible career.”

With her long-awaited major movie debut, Mile 22 alongside Mark Wahlberg, now in production, it would appear that UFC fans may have seen the last of a champion that helped make UFC the sport it is today.

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