As an MMA fan, I can tell you that there's this feeling of betrayal whenever a fighter talks about retiring young rather than get their head smashed in for years. When the fighter in question is an attractive female that leaves fighting for another profession, those feelings increase tenfold. Thus, we have the case of Ronda Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion who said she thinks that she has two years left in MMA, earning much scorn from MMA fans that have already seen Gina Carano and Randy Couture (among others) leave MMA for careers in Hollywood.
On Saturday morning, Rousey lost it on Twitter, and to be honest, her points were pretty well-stated.
To everyone giving me shit for"hypothetically retiring"someday-ill retire when I feel like my mark has been made and Im ready to make babies— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
My best guess was 2-3 years but thats a guess,who knows,the day Im not overjoyed2go2the gym is the day I quit.Could be tomorrow or in 7years— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
But ill tell you what,every1 giving me shit4entertaining the idea is expediting it.Im a fighter&always will be,only ill know when its enough— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
So fuck all you hating twitter bitches, have a great time spending the rest of your day seething over my options and choices— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
And for everyone that has my back and has been supportive through all this. Thank you so much,I can't explain how much I appreciate you all.— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
Hey, good for you, Ronda. She's a superstar and one of the biggest draws in the UFC, but the fact that she's thinking clearly about life after fighting shows that she's not just your typical dumb jock who's going to go out there and put her well-being on the line for the adoration of fans. What would Rousey have to gain from an extra ten years of fighting aside from brain damage, aches, and pains? Instead of being shamed, she should be lauded for her comments. Of course, it never really works that way in the MMA world.
Ronda at least doesn't try to BS you. You know what you're getting with her...the Tate/Caraway "power couple" are, to quote Dusty Rhodes, lyin snakes in the grass
All three of them lack class.But Ronda can retire at any point she wants so nobody should criticize her for that.
I have a lot of respect for Ronda making those comments to the haters. As for Miesha Tate and her girlfriend Bryan Caraway, those two have no class.