Ronda Rousey hasn’t competed in blended martial arts since she misplaced a championship fight to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016. However she lately revealed that there is one opponent who can pull her out of retirement.
“There would possibly be finest one individual … there is finest one individual I would reach inspire for,” Rousey mentioned on an episode of The Kurt Perspective Present (h/t USA This present day‘s Farah Hannoun) “I point out, I’ve mentioned it a million times. It is no longer esteem it be something new. [I’d come back] for Gina, man—Gina Carano.”
One in every of the pioneers of girls folk’s MMA, Carano compiled a 7-1 report while competing for EliteXC and Strikeforce from 2006 to 2009. She hasn’t competed since losing to Cris Cyborg in a fight that sure Strikeforce’s first-ever girls folk’s champion at 145 pounds.
Rousey, who is the sizzling WWE SmackDown girls folk’s champion, is one in all the most smartly-most standard MMA opponents of all time. She went 12-2 while competing for Strikeforce and the UFC. She used to be Strikeforce’s final girls folk’s bantamweight champion till its acquisition by the UFC, making her the firm’s inaugural titleholder.
The 35-year-outdated holds the UFC report for most title defenses by a woman with six, and she or he grew to turn out to be the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Popularity in 2018.
Rousey defined that Carano is the person that influenced her fighting career, so it’d be an honor to part the octagon along with her.
“She’s the reason I obtained into fighting. She’s the reason I knew it used to be a possibility. I will repeatedly be forever grateful,” Rousey mentioned. “If she ever used to be esteem, ‘Ronda, I are in search of to fight you day after lately at 205 pounds’—esteem, no matter the hell she’d want.”
Carano revealed in 2019 that she used to be once supplied $1 million to fight Rousey. Nonetheless, the fight never came to fruition thanks to a miscommunication with UFC President Dana White.
Rousey reiterated that she’d slump to any length to fight Carano and that her offer will stand for so long as it takes. Nonetheless, she is additionally attentive to the chance that the matchup is no longer going to ever occur.
“If she wished to reach inspire into my backyard and manufacture the Rocky thing, you know, ‘Ding-ding,’ and we factual manufacture it within the backyard, I don’t care. I will fight Gina wherever she wants,” she mentioned. “And if she does not are in search of to, forever, I will leave that offer there. It is a respect thing, no longer esteem a, ‘F–ok you, I am coming to acquire you.’ It is factual esteem, ‘Hello, when you ever are in search of to pull that card out, it be there.’ I indubitably esteem her. Thanks, Gina, for all the issues you’ve got carried out.”