Ronda Rousey could soon follow in the footsteps of Gina Carano.
"Conviction" was an undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter under the Strikeforce banner and known as "the women's face of MMA" back in 2009, until a violent technical knockout loss against a Brazilian "Cyborg" ended her combat sports career.
Likely for good.
Now, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo believes Rousey will follow a similar path. Like Carano before her, "Rowdy" has been able to establish herself as an actress and celebrity outside the cage, which garners the same attention without all that punch-you-in-the-face stuff.
"Junior" talks to MMA Fighting:
"I think it's really hard for her to return to fighting. Her career has taken a different direction. If I'm making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I'd go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You're crazy [laughs]. In my opinion, I don't think (she fights again). If she comes back, of course she can (win the title). She was always a fighter, but if I were her, I wouldn't come back. I see this as Gina's situation. Gina was a great fighter and went her way to become an actress after she lost to Cyborg, and she's getting more attention than if she was still fighting. No diet, not getting punched in the face, nothing."
Getting punched in the face really sucks.
Rousey watcher her undefeated record go up in flames after getting smoked by Holly Holm in the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Nov. 14, 2015) in Australia (video). While "Rowdy" is expected to get first crack at "The Preacher's Daughter," her timeline for return remains a mystery.
For more fallout from UFC 193 click here.
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