Ronda Rousey didn’t say much of a anything after being destroyed by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. No post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, no press conference after the event, so locker room scrums. The only thing that has come from Camp Rousey since that night was a generic statement released to ESPN about “thanking the fans for their support” and “needing some time to reflect on the future.”
Since that statement, it’s been radio silence. No interviews, no appearances, not even a social media post — until now.
Rousey posted this on Instagram on Tuesday evening, a quote from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling about picking yourself back up when you’re down and out.
Depending how you interpret this post, it’s either a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, maybe this second loss of her career won’t affect Rousey the same way as her first one, a brutal head kick knockout to Holly Holm in 2015. On the other hand, maybe the “rebuilt my life” part of the quote means that she plans to move on without competing in MMA, which would be a sad decision for her fans.
A lot of people are speculating that Rousey may simply retire from MMA after a pair of violent losses. She has other career options in acting, coaching, or modelling. Maybe getting punched in the face for a living is something she plans to put in her past.