As Ronda Rousey’s “hard out” date approaches with WWE, many fans and pundits have already begun speculating about where she may land next. While some believe Rousey may take a step back from sports, others think “The Baddest Woman On The Planet” may opt to return to her old stomping grounds in the UFC.
Rumors of Rousey eyeing a UFC comeback were then intensified on Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve been hearing Ronda is coming back,” UFC fighter Chelsea Chandler said during a press conference. “I’ve heard she’s coming back at 145. So, you never know. … If I got out there and put on the performance I plan on putting (on), I’ll welcome her to 145. I think it would be a great fight. It has been a long time for her and things change, people get better, and I think people are on to her one-trick-pony armbar. Money talks, and she would bring eyes to the sport again. I feel like her time in WWE is starting to go down, so I’d like to see it.”
While Ronda Rousey has yet to publicly disclose her post-WWE plans, it appears that recent rumors of a UFC return are just that — rumors. On the heels of Chelsea Chandler’s comments, sports journalist Ariel Helwani provided some clarification. “Ronda Rousey is not considering a UFC comeback, I’m told. No truth to the rumors started yesterday,” Helwani tweeted.