The reaction to UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey’s recent remarks regarding retirement has run the gamut from fans feeling as though she’s abandoning MMA for Hollywood to those praising the 26-year old for her interest in pursuing life beyond the Octagon. While the responses have been mixed, one thing is universally clear – people care.
Rousey addressed the issue earlier today on Twitter, posting a profanity-laced rant expressing anger at anonymous strangers having such a strong emotional investment in decisions about her life.
“To everyone giving me sh*t for ‘hypothetically retiring’ someday, I’ll retire when I feel like my mark has been made and I’m ready to make babies,” wrote Rousey. “My best guess was 2-3 years but that’s a guess. Who knows? The day I’m not overjoyed to go to the gym is the day I quit. Could be tomorrow or in seven years.”
“But I’ll tell you what. Everyone giving me sh*t for entertaining the idea is expediting it. I’m a fighter and always will be. Only I’ll know when it’s enough,” she continued. “So f*ck all you hating Twitter bitches. Have a great time spending the rest of your day seething over my options and choices. 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.”
The unbeaten Rousey turned heads when she recently stated she entered Mixed Martial Arts with a plan to move on after a four-year period. Since turning pro a little over two years ago, the Olympic medalist in judo has gone 7-0 with first-frame finishes in all of the contests and emerged as one of the sport’s biggest stars.