Like it or not, it looks like UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is already thinking about life after Mixed Martial Arts and recently revealed she could retire much sooner than expected. According to Rousey, she has always seen her stint in the sport as a four-year deal, meaning she wants to be out of it and on to the next task by the time she’s 28.
“I think I’ve got two years left in me, realistically, if I’m going to do this like an Olympic run,” admitted Rousey in an interview with MMAJunkie.
Asked about the impact her current stardom had on her mindset, Rousey confessed it was much easier to make a living off scripted action in comparison to that with real life stakes.
“I think one profession has a much-longer shelf life than the other. My last fight, I was kind of forced to face my mortality a little bit. I had an air of invincibility about me, and I was kind of forced to realize statistically there is a chance you could get permanently hurt or even die. There’s only so many times you can roll the dice,” said Rousey. “I am the best f*cking fighter in the world, and I truly believe that, but you’re still rolling the dice no matter who you are, so I do have to kind of set up an exit strategy. That’s what I did wrong in judo. I followed it all the way until the end, and I didn’t put any thought into after.”
Rousey has already been linked to film roles in the blockbuster franchises for Expendables as well as Fast and Furious. On the in-ring front, Rousey will defend her title against rival Miesha Tate on December 28 at UFC 168.