Ronda Rousey has said she would make an MMA return for one specific fight.
The former UFC bantamweight champion has been out of the fight game for nearly six years after leaving Dana White's promotion in 2016. She has since gone on to forge a career in the WWE, and looks unlikely to come back from retirement.
In fact, women's MMA pioneer Gina Carano is the one and only opponent who Rousey would be interested in throwing it down with, as she explained on The Kurt Angle Show. “Well, there’s only one person. There’s only one person I would come back for,” she said.
"I mean, I’ve said it a million times. It’s not like it’s something new but, for Gina man. Gina Carano. She’s the reason why I got into fighting, she’s the reason why I knew it was a possibility.
"I will always be forever grateful, and if she ever was like, ‘Ronda, I wanna fight you tomorrow at 205 pounds', like whatever the hell she’d want – I’m not saying she’s 205 pounds – if she wanted to come into my backyard and do the Rocky thing or, you know, ding, ding and we just do it in the backyard, I don’t care.
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“I will fight Gina wherever she wants and if she doesn’t want to forever, leave [that there]. It’s a respect thing, not like a, ‘F**k you. I’m coming to get you'.
"It’s just like, 'hey, if you ever wanna pull that card out, it’s there'. I love her. Thank you Gina for everything you’ve done.”
Carano was only active been 2006 and 2009 but made a huge impression on the sport. She had an unbeaten 7-0 record before losing to Cris Cyborg for the inaugural Strikeforce featherweight championship, after which she retired.
She has gone on to pursue an acting career but lost her role in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian last year after making some controversial social media posts. Rousey, meanwhile, called it a day after back-to-back UFC losses against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.
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