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Ronda Rousey says UFC return is “as likely as Olympic return”

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Ronda Rousey has broken her silence on the possibility of returning to the UFC Octagon.

Former UFC women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey is not returning to the Octagon anytime soon. That much is certain.

But that doesn’t mean she’s hanging up her four-ounce gloves for good.

During a recent appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the WWE’s most recent high-profile signee spoke out for the first time the possibility of her return to mixed martial arts.

“I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for Judo,” said Rousey. “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting. I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”

Rousey previously returned to the spotlight during her much-publicized WWE debut at the 2018 Royal Rumble in January. The next night, ‘Rousey’ announced she would not only WrestleMania 34 in April but sign to the WWE full-time.

“It’s not fake fighting. It’s scripted,” said Rousey when asked about the misconceptions of professional wrestling. “When I got slapped across the face the other day, that was a real slap. There’s no way to fake that. They don’t bring out the rubber hand for me. But I think the main difference is [WWE] is a team…With WWE it’s a big team. Everyone is trying to make it as great as possible.”

Since debuting, Rousey has feuded with Triple-H and Stephan McMahon. Their war of words culminated in Raw General Manager, and fellow Olympic medalist, Kurt Angle announcing he would be teaming up with Rousey against the villainous figureheads at WrestleMania 34.

This will mark Rousey’s second appearance at the “The Grandest Stage of Them All” after previously teaming up with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson against McMahon and Triple-H at WrestleMania 31.

In terms of UFC career, Rousey (12-2), also a former Strikeforce champion, has not fought since suffering a first-round knockout loss to current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016.

 

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