Ronda Rousey has disclosed that her premature retirement from MMA at the age of 29 was due to a history of concussions. “I’d like people to grasp my motivations and reasoning behind things.

I was forced to abandon fighting even though I was faster, stronger, more skillful, and had a deeper understanding of the art than ever before. It was a difficult decision to grasp, one that my body made for me. It has a lot to do with the fact that I had so many concussions while doing judo before switching to MMA. “I couldn’t talk about it at all while I was doing MMA because it would literally put a target on my head, and I might not have been allowed to compete any further,” Rousey stated on Instagram Live.

Rousey retired after two consecutive knockout losses to Holly Holm. Prior to MMA, Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. After quitting the UFC, Rousey briefly pursued a professional wrestling career. She did, however, carve out a career in movies, appearing in Mile 22 after appearances in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

Rousey told TMZ that she has no immediate plans to return to wrestling and will instead focus on parenting for the time being. There was conjecture that once her contract with WWE expired, she may join the rival AEW promotion. However, this does not seem to be the case. “[I’m] just trying to be home with the family, and be a full-time mom,” Rousey said in a statement. The conjecture began after Rousey appeared on Ring of Honor, an AEW-owned company, in November.

Rousey has primarily stayed away from athletics since giving birth to her daughter, La’akea. She has been out of MMA since leaving the UFC in 2016. Furthermore, his stint with the WWE, which began in 2018, has been inconsistent. She’s occasionally utilized as a surprise gimmick. In 2023, she primarily wrestled for independent companies such as Lucha VaVoom and Wrestling Revolver.