Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey ‘probably’ will retire.
The former women’s bantamweight champion hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since her UFC 207 loss to the division’s current ruler, Amanda Nunes.
The final fight of 2016 saw thirty-year-old Rousey suffer an emphatic first-round TKO loss ‘The Lioness’, who ended her first title defence in 48 with a vicious barrage of strikes.
Defeat to Nunes was Rousey’s second on the bounce, the first being her November 2015 loss to Holly Holm – a loss which brought about the end of her reign at the summit of the women’s 145lbs.
The manner in which Rousey was humbled by Holm and Nunes, coupled with her near radio silence, has led many to believe she will soon call time on her mixed martial arts career.
Much to the frustration of her legion of fans, Rousey has yet to indicate if she continues to carry on fighting.
UFC president Dana White doesn’t foresee the Olympian returning to the promotion and believes fans are starting to read the writing on the wall.
“I think people realise she’s probably going to retire,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Rousey has rarely been seen in public since her second career loss and has yet to attend a single UFC event this year.
In White’s eyes, the ‘Rowdy’ one has kept a low profile as she wants to fade away into obscurity.
“But that’s not because she had to, that’s the way Ronda Rousey is built,” he added. “Ronda Rousey is super competitive and doesn’t like to lose, you know.
“I know she’s been criticised for that by a lot of people. But that’s just who she is and the way she is.
“And the way that she is what made everybody love her and get behind her. It’s what blew up the women’s division.
“And now she’s going to move on to the next chapter of her life, you know. Get married, have kids and do that thing. It’s not sad, it’s the way she wanted it.”