Despite reports saying that Ronda Rousey has unofficially retired from the UFC, there is a chance the former women’s bantamweight champion could enter the octagon again.
At least, that’s what her head coach Edmond Tarverdyan said on the MMA Hour podcast on Monday. Yes, Rousey seems to have slowed down in her MMA career as she is considering signing with WWE. But Tarverdyan insists that there is one challenge that Rousey could pursue before leaving the UFC entirely, and that is to defeat the reigning women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.
“That’s the one,” Tarverdyan said on the MMA Hour. “I want that fight. When I trained Ronda, I know Ronda could beat Cyborg. I know that. Cyborg is too slow.
“Ronda needs a challenge that she really needs to be like this person is no good and I need to prove something to the whole world. That’s how Ronda works good.”
Rousey is now 30-years-old and she currently holds a 12-2 record in MMA. Her last fight, which many anticipated to be her grand comeback, ended up being a disappointing loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last December. Prior to that, Holly Holm shocked the world when she knocked out the seemingly unbeatable “Rowdy” Rousey at UFC 193 in 2015.
Tarverdyan still thinks Rousey has a chance to redeem herself.
“If she wants to make a comeback and get one fight, I think she will do the best she’s ever done and I think she’ll be victorious,” he said. “Because I know Ronda’s personality, because she’s happy right now and she has a good challenge in front of her that she focuses on. I think whatever she wants to do right now, she can do. It’s in her mind.
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“It’s gonna be her decision, if she fights. One more, I don’t know. I’ve spoken to her. I don’t know if she’ll do it. One more fight, maybe. If she really can. If her body does give her one more fight and she really wants to mentally, she might. It’s 50-50 right now I would say.”