Though she hasn’t fought since December 2016, Ronda Rousey remains a talked-about figure within the world of mixed martial arts. ‘The Baddest Woman on the Planet’ attained a 12-2 record during her career inside the octagon, all while becoming the first female to not only sign with the UFC, but the first to hold a championship in the Dana White-helmed organisation.
Rousey’s final bout came on December 30, 2016, where she lost forty-eight seconds into the first round to Amanda Nunes. This saw ‘The Lioness’ retain the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship and gain a Performance of the Night bonus.
Former UFC Champion Takes Aim At Ronda Rousey
Julianna Peña, a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion in her own right, once took aim at Ronda Rousey as she branded ‘Rowdy’ Ronda as a “sell out”. Speaking to The MMA Hour, Julianna stated how the two losses suffered by Ronda Rousey at the end of her career “ruined” her legacy:
“Ronda is such old news. What’s incredible about her is that she opened up the door and was destroying people in ten seconds and she became a star because she was demolishing people in the first round and that’s great.
But she got knocked out twice and never came back, and so how legit is she? She had to go to professional wrestling and I get that, it’s great but as a fighter and somebody who’s competitive, I know that deep down it probably truly bothers her that she ran way off two knockout losses and never came back to make her name good.”
‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ invited Ronda Rousey to return to the eight-sided cage to redeem her legacy:
“If it really, truly does bother her and gets under skin to know that her legacy is kind of ruined by the fact that she never got back on the horse then I would like to invite her to please come back and I would welcome her with open arms, but that’s the B-side, the A-side is Amanda Nunes and fighting her.”
Ronda Rousey signed with WWE in 2018 and is currently in her second reign as the SmackDown Women’s Champion after dethroning Liv Morgan at Extreme Rules. Rousey most recently defended the championship against Shotzi at Survivor Series: WarGames.