Ronda Rousey reveals in biography the reason for her early retirement from MMA

A surprising revelation has finally explained the reason why Ronda Rousey retired from MMA. In the biography “Our Fight”, the former UFC bantamweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist in judo said she had hidden a history of brain concussions that dates back to the time she fought on the mats in order to prolong for the longest time his career in MMA and, later, in WWE.

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“My history of brain concussions, which I had to keep secret for years in order to compete in MMA and WWE, was the reason for my retirement. I couldn’t talk about it in an interview or an article because people might not understand. I suffered a lot of concussions when I was in judo.

Before I even got into MMA, I couldn’t talk about it when I was doing MMA because it would literally put a target on my head and I might not be allowed to compete anymore. Same thing happened with WWE”. 

“They have a complicated history with their athletes suffering concussions, and that would be bad for the event. I felt like I couldn’t talk about it. A book is the only way I’ve found myself able to address the issue. subject appropriately,” the former fighter said in a live broadcast to promote the publication.

As a result, one year after suffering a devastating knockout against Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Australia, in which she lost the organization’s bantamweight belt, Rousey decided to return to the octagon to regain her belt against then champion, Amanda Nunes, in the UFC. 207. 

The American’s plans ended up not happening the way she wanted, and a new knockout, this time in 48s in the first round, ended up ending her MMA career, with a record of 12 wins and two losses, and being the the only athlete in the history of the UFC who fought for the belt in all of her fights in the organization.

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Famous and with a lot of media appeal, Rousey decided to accept WWE’s proposal to join its roster in 2018. She remained with the organization until 2023, when she officially ended her career. 

During all the years she was at the event, Rousey received countless appeals from fans to return to MMA, but she never accepted. 

At 37 years old, the former fighter knows that the silence about the real reason for her retirement from fighting caused great confusion among her fans, who were unaware of her real need to stay away from combat sports.

“I would like people to understand my reasons and the motivation behind the spotlight, which was responsible for me stopping fighting at a time when I was faster, stronger and with my skills at their peak, as well as my understanding of martial arts”. 

“It was a tough decision to make and for fans to understand, but my body decided for me. Putting everything in a book was the best, and most direct, way to bring this to the public. I preferred that to a tweet or a short headline on the internet”, he concluded.

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