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3 Reasons why Ronda Rousey should return to UFC

  • Examining whether Ronda Rousey should trade in a WWE career for a return to UFC.
Paul Benson
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Modified 01 Feb 2019, 17:53 IST

Ronda Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer
Ronda Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer

Ronda Rousey is currently plying her trade for the biggest wrestling company in the world, WWE, where she has reigned as Raw Women's Champion since August, ever since dethroning Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam.

Before her WWE career, Rousey was wowing MMA fans the world over with her devastating grappling and submission skills which at one point saw her become, perhaps the most famous MMA fighter around the globe.

The former Olympic Bronze medallist in Judo racked up 12 consecutive MMA wins as she took out the best the sport had to offer in the likes of Miesha Tate (twice), Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, Cat Zingano and Sarah Kaufman.

That impressive run which turned her into a mainstream icon was snapped by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in one of the biggest upsets the sport had ever seen. It was followed up by an even more one-sided loss, 12 months later versus Amanda Nunes, who has subsequently taken Rousey's place at the top of the MMA female food chain.

In recent months, it has been reported that Rousey has struggled with the hectic WWE schedule and may well even be departing the sports entertainment powerhouse as early as April, after her likely title defence versus Becky Lynch in what could well be the main event of the April 7, 2019, spectacle.

So, the question is, if Rousey does depart WWE, where will she go and what will she do? Perhaps a return to UFC, the promotion that made her a star would be the perfect fit. Rousey wants to start a family with her husband, Travis Browne and the WWE schedule would be a very difficult fit with family life.

However, the UFC schedule of two to three fights per year could perhaps facilitate being a parent much easier. UFC President, Dana White would be so thrilled to bring Rousey back, he may be willing to only ask her to fight once a year.

The UFC is in Rousey's past. It should be in her future too. This slideshow looks at the three focal reasons why Rousey should return to the Octagon.

#3 Lighter schedule

Rousey has been surprised by the hectic WWE schedule
Rousey has been surprised by the hectic WWE schedule

Ronda Rousey has gone on record to say that the hectic WWE schedule surprised her and is reported to be considering a break from the company if not a permanent split in order to start a family.

Suffice to say the WWE schedule does not allow anywhere near the flex for a female performer to have a baby and an extended break from the action. Which is why no female performer has even done so within the company.

Kharma left to have a baby before she had even wrestled a match and made a one night only appearance in the 2011 Royal Rumble after she had unfortunately miscarried. She never wrestled in WWE again.

Any other female WWE wrestlers who have had children such as Trish Stratus and Beth Phoenix have done so, long after they left the company.

Rousey is an athlete and a proud one at that but the fact is that a UFC performer stands a much better opportunity of balancing family life with a career than a WWE sports entertainer does.

If Rousey is to choose, surely the choice is obvious.

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Published 01 Feb 2019, 16:23 IST
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