Ex-UFC Champion Ronda Rousey Admits She Would Snap Retirement For Gina Carano Fight

    ByRoss Markey

    Jun 14, 2022
    Ronda Rousey

    Inaugural UFC bantamweight champion and sport pioneer, Ronda Rousey has admitted that if a fight with fellow sport icon, Gina Carano ever materialized, she would likely snap her six-year retirement from professional mixed martial arts.

    Ronda Rousey, akin to Carano, is an alum of the now-defunct, Strikeforce promotion – achieving bantamweight gold with the organization before her move to the UFC.

    12-2 as a professional, Rousey, who now plys her trade as a professional wrestler under the World Wrestling Entertainment banner, has yet to return to professional mixed martial arts since UFC 207 in December 2016.

    In her final Octagon appearance, the Californian suffered a brutally one-sided first round knockout defeat against former two-weight champion, Amanda Nunes in a headlining slot. 

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    The loss came as Rousey’s second consecutively, after she had suffered the snapping of her 12-fight undefeated professional run in the form of an infamous second round high kick knockout defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193 the year prior. 

    Linked with a slew of potential returns to the sport since her departure back in 2016, Rousey was recently the subject of somewhat of a call out from minted bantamweight best, Julianna Pena

    Ronda Rousey floats a potential future fight against Gina Carano

    However, if Rousey were to make a shocking retirement u-turn, she admitted a fight against the aforenoted, Carano would be enough to coax her to make a sport comeback. 

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    “I mean, I’ve said it a million times,” Ronda Rousey said on The Kurt Angle Podcast. “It’s not like it’s something new, but, for Gina, man. Gina Carano. She’s the reason why I got into fighting, she’s the reason why i knew it was a possibility. I will always be forever grateful… and if she ever was like, ‘Ronda, I wanna fight you tomorrow at 205lbs,’ like, whatever the hell she’d want – I’m not saying she’s 205lbs – if she wanted to come into my backyard and do the ‘Rocky’ thing or, you know ding, ding and we just do it in the backyard, I don’t care.”

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    “I will fight Gina wherever she wants and if she doesn’t want to forever, leave (that there),” Ronda Rousey explained. “It’s a respect thing, not like a, ‘F*ck you, I’m coming to get you.’ It’s just like, ‘Hey, if you ever wanna pull that card out, it’s there.’ I love her. Thank you, Gina, for everything you’ve done.”

    During her run as bantamweight champion, Rousey defeated Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano, and Bethe Correia. 

    As for Carano, the former fighter turned actor, established a 7-1 record from eight professional fights, bowing out after a massive headlining honor against the decorated, Cris Cyborg under the Strikeforce banner in 2009.