Ronda Rousey’s time as an MMA fighter appears to be all but over after her coach poured cold water on a potential return to the Octagon.
Justin Flores seemingly put talk of a Rousey comeback to bed during an appearance on Submission Radio:
“I would support her, but personally I don’t think it’s in the cards. I don’t think that’s what she wants in this time of her life.
“I mean, I’m not discounting anything. Maybe later. But I just don’t see that being something she wants to jump into and focus full force to be the best.
“Because if she’s gonna do anything, from what I know about her, she’s gonna do it to be the best. And not that I don’t think that she can be the best, it’s just, I just don’t know if her body and her mind at this stage in her life, if that’s what’s right for her.”
The comments come after the 30-year-old blotted her previously-impeccable copybook by suffering brutal back-to-back defeats in her last two UFC encounters.
Having fallen to Holly Holm via TKO at UFC 193 in shock circumstances, Rousey managed to follow that defeat up with an even more stunning loss in just 50 seconds against Amanda Nunes.
That defeat may now end up being her last action in the Octagon – but Rousey still has plenty of options when it comes to maintaining her career and stardom.
Having cameoed in Fast and Furious 7, Rousey had looked all set to take a break from MMA to star in her very own movie, Road House.
However, delays to filming coupled with Rousey’s decline in popularity may have already put paid to that project.
Nick Cassavetes, the writer and director who was supposed to be helming the project has already moved on too, with a UFC-focused drama starring Blake Lively in the works, which casts the project in doubt. Don’t be surprised if this never sees the light of day.
Meanwhile, Rousey’s other big film opportunity, Mile 22, remains in pre-production as of March 28, though the fighter’s name is still attached to the corruption-led thriller.
If the movie does go ahead, then Rousey could benefit from a serious career injection. Due to star Mark Wahlberg and with Peter Berg directing, the pair have already hinted that the film could turn into trilogy in a move that could significantly boost Rousey’s profile and screen time.
Rousey also recently scored a guest appearance on the hit series Blindspot, playing a tough-as-nails prison inmate and gun-runner.
Though not necessarily as meaty a part as that of Patrick Swayze’s high-kick-loving bouncer in Roadhouse, Rousey nevertheless impressed in the role and could yet carve out a career in the world of TV, where her athleticism is likely to be a major plus point.
Then there’s the long-discussed topic of a potential move into MMA.
Having appeared alongside The Rock at Wrestlemania a few years back, fans have long been convinced that Rousey would make a great addition to the wrestling giant’s roster.
She wouldn’t be the first either, with the likes of Ken Shamrock and Bobby Lashley both previously making the very same switch.
WWE big cheese Stephanie McMahon remains eager too, telling ESPN’s “His and Hers” podcast:
“I would love to add Ronda Rousey! I know that she loves WWE, and we certainly love her, so it would be a match, no pun intended, made in heaven. So hopefully one day we’ll have that opportunity.”
And with the WWE making an increasing effort to champion the women’s division, the signing of Rousey would be a major coup and one that seems like the perfect solution for all involved.
Combine a wrestling career with work in film and TV and, who knows? Perhaps, Rousey’s superstar status will be maintained.
After doing so much for her sport, few would begrudge her that.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.