Ronda Rousey’s Judo Coach Doesn’t See Star Returning to Octagon
By FCF Staff
Many people, including Dana White, don’t believe Ronda Rousey will return to the Octagon, and the former champ’s Judo coach is one of them.
Rousey hasn’t publicly said if she intends to fight again, following her devastating, first round loss to Amanda Nunes in December. Some social media posts from “Rowdy”have prompted some to wonder if a comeback might be in the plans, while others believe the star’s MMA career is over.
Recently Rousey’s Judo coach, Justin Flores, was a guest on Submission Radio. When asked for his opinion as to whether Rousey will fight again, Flores said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Oh man, there are a lot of layers to that,” Flores said. “Personally, from what I … I mean, I would support her, but personally I don’t think it’s in the cards. I don’t think that’s what she wants in this time of her life. I mean, I’m not discounting anything – maybe later. But I just don’t see that being something she wants to jump into and focus full force to be the best. Because if she’s gonna do anything, from what I know about her, she’s gonna do it to be the best. And not that I don’t think that she can be the best. It’s just, I just don’t know if her body and her mind at this stage in her life, if that’s what’s right for her.
She’s competed her whole life. Her whole life has been about being the best, and I just think personally, the best thing is for her to kind of be okay with herself not as a fighter. So I love her to death, dude. I just know the pain she’s gone through physically – doing this forever, multiple surgeries, concussions, broken bones, weight-cutting. All those things add up and take its toll, and it’s accumulative. So being 30 years old now and doing this since you were 8 years old non-stop, I mean, the mileage you’ve put on your body and that she’s put on her body, I just don’t think, if she wants to, you know, live a long, happy life and raise kids with Travis, which I know that’s the future, I just don’t think that’s something I feel like would be in her best interests.”
Prior to facing Nunes, Rousey was brutally knocked out by Holly Holm in November, 2015. The 30 year-old had won 12 straight fights before facing Holm.