Ronda Rousey has been seen a lot in the WWE lately. With her appearing at the Mae Young Classic, ringside at SmackDown Live, and on red carpets with WWE bigwigs like Triple H, it’s signaled a potentially close WWE debut for the former UFC superstar. The question is, does her involvement in the WWE mean her time in the UFC is over? Rousey’s longtime trainer Edmond Tarverdyan seems to think so.
Speaking to The MMA Hour on Monday, Tarverdyan admitted, at best, a Rousey comeback was 50/50. He didn’t rule it out, but it appears less a priority right now despite there still being a probable market for the former dominant female MMA megastar. Still, after losing her second-consecutive UFC fight—most recently against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207—it would make sense that Rousey would look to other options, especially considering how badly the WWE would like to make her a WWE Superstar.
Tarverdyan said about a UFC return:
“It’s going to be her decision. Maybe one more. I’ve spoken to her; I don’t know if she’ll do it. If her body does give her one more fight, and she really wants to, mentally, she might. It’s 50-50 right now, I’d say.”
If there is an MMA fight in Rousey’s future, most are hoping that fight happens against UFC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Cyborg too has been connected to the WWE and was upset when she believed Rousey stood in the way of her getting a WWE match against Becky Lynch. Cyborg versus Rousey would have widespread appeal.
Tarverdyan agrees and added:
“I would love her to fight one more fight, and a fight I always wanted for her was ‘Cyborg’ versus Ronda. When I trained Ronda, I knew Ronda could beat ‘Cyborg.’ I know that. ‘Cyborg’ is too slow.”
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) September 18, 2017
Those are some pretty heavy words considering how badly Rousey lost her previous two UFC fights, and it was three years ago that Rousey trash-talked Cyborg. A lot has changed since then. UFC President doesn’t believe she’ll return and Rousey was visibly and emotionally scarred to have lost in such a fashion.
For now, Rousey was most recently seen attending a WWE event in Las Vegas and supporting her close friend and former MMA fighter Shayna Baszler. Baszler was a favorite in the Mae Young Classic Tournament.
There is still a chance MMA is in the picture since WWE has not announced an official deal with Rousey, but it is expected that one is coming. When it does, the WWE is rumored to be going all-in and making her one of the biggest female stars ever to grace the company.
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