Last night, Ronda Rousey was a guest on the wildly successful podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”, and she provided UFC fans with a swath of talking points.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion was her usual open, outspoken self, and she had plenty to say about a variety of topics. She discussed a number of very personal matters relating to family problems, and body image issues, but most MMA aficionados will have zeroed in on the comments she made regarding her career.
“I don’t want to be fighting in my 30’s”, revealed Rousey, adding “by 30’s, I mean like 31, 32”. This may come as disappointing news to the legions of new fans that have only recently joined the “Rowdy” army, after all the champ is already 28.
According to Rousey, her admirers aren’t the only ones who will be sorry to see her go. “There’s so many people who just live to hate me, but when I’m gone, they’re going to miss me”, said the trailblazing fighter.
Though she seems intent on being something of a shooting star in MMA, Rousey, isn’t ready to go anywhere just yet. “It just seems unfinished – my career, there’s more left to do – I don’t feel like I’m done yet”. Rousey would go on to suggest that this hesitance, and the feeling that her career is incomplete, was down to the absence of one name on her record.
That of Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Rousey’s desire to add Justino to her ledger, however, isn’t going to change her stance that the former Strikeforce champion should have to come down to meet her at the bantamweight limit of 135lbs, as she believes the Brazilian can make the cut.
It was here that the conversation took a turn toward the controversial.
Rousey suggested that Justino could drop down in weight rather easily if it weren’t for the use of steroids. “If she gets off it will be very easy for her to make weight”, said Rousey. Though Ronda admitted she has no proof that “Cyborg”, who tested positive for PED’s in 2011, is still using banned substances, she posed the question “if you look the exact same as you did when you were using, then what changed?”
While her comments are likely to draw the ire of Justino, they will also serve to build this fight into an even bigger attraction, as every time one of these women mentions the other, it garners huge attention.
If this fight does happen, though, Rousey indicated that it may spell the end of her career. “If she showed up sooner rather than later, I don’t know how much longer I would go after that”, said Ronda.
Given this information, and the fact that Ronda is their biggest star, will the UFC be reluctant to make this fight?
Ronda Rousey will next enter the octagon at UFC 193, when she takes on dangerous ex-boxing world champion, Holly Holm.
You can catch the entire podcast here.