The most dominant female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world, Ronda Rousey, has revealed that her career in the Octagon might come to an end in two-three years, as she looks forward to hang up her gloves too soon.
The current women's UFC bantamweight Champion of the World, who goes to her seventh title defense against the 33-year-old Holly Holm at the main event of UFC 193 to be held at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on 15 November this year, spoke to UFC commentator Joe Rogan about her future plans.
The 28-year-old American fighter, who bagged a win over Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190 in Brazil last month, has specifically said that she would not want to be fighting in her 30s.
"I'm not going to be doing this in my 30s. I don't want to be fighting in my 30s. By 30s, I mean like 31, 32. If you're actually 30 years old that's 30, not 30s. Once you add the one, that's 30s, plural. I'm 28," Rousey, who turns 29 next February, spoke at The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
"I don't know. I look at it exactly like how we were talking about fighting, that's how I do everything else. I don't look at these separate disjointed things. I'm not going to go in there and try this thing and try this thing and try that thing and hope something works out," she added.
The one fight that UFC fans around the world have been asking for many years is between Rousey and Cris 'Cyborg' Justino - the present Invicta FC women's World Featherweight Champion. The former Olympic medallist in Judo also feels that a fight against Cyborg can be her perfect farewell match.
Rousey has a MMA record of 12 wins and no losses, and although she's defeated the best women fighters the UFC has to offer, she still feels that her career remains "unfinished".
"It seems unfinished -- my career," Rousey continued. "There's more left to do. I don't feel like I'm done yet. With the Olympics, you win an Olympic gold medal and you're done. With the UFC, when am I done?"
When asked by Rogan if a potential fight against Cyborg could help her feel satiated about her MMA career, Rousey answered, "that definitely would."
"If she never steps up, I'll know. I'll probably go on a little longer waiting for her [to drop in weight], see if she shows up sooner rather than later. I don't know how much longer I'd go," Rousey added.
Cyborg weigs 145 pounds, but she has to shed atleast 10 pounds to face Rousey, who competes in the 135 pound weight division. The Brazilian has 14 wins from 16 fights in her MMA career.