Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since being pummeled by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
Justin Flores, who is the longtime judo coach for Rousey now believes that Rousey’s days inside the Octagon are finished.
“Oh man, there are a lot of layers to that,” Flores said on Submission Radio. “Personally, from what I … I mean, 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. She’s competed her whole life. Her whole life has been about being the best, and I just think personally, the best thing is for her to kind of be okay with herself not as a fighter. So I love her to death, dude. I just know the pain she’s gone through physically – doing this forever, multiple surgeries, concussions, broken bones, weight-cutting. All those things add up and take its toll, and it’s accumulative. So being 30 years old now and doing this since you were 8 years old non-stop, I mean, the mileage you’ve put on your body and that she’s put on her body, I just don’t think, if she wants to, you know, live a long, happy life and raise kids with Travis, which I know that’s the future, I just don’t think that’s something I feel like would be in her best interests.”
The future of the female MMA superstar has been in question for quite some time now, even UFC President Dana White said he believes Rousey will retire.
Outside of the Octagon, the former women’s bantamweight champion has gotten engaged to heavyweight fighter Travis Browne and she has also been taking a lot of acting gigs. There has also been the rumored jump to the pro wrestling world, as Rousey did previously appear at WWE Wrestlemania 32.