“Judo and MMA, there were times when the process was fun, and then there were times when it got to be where only the results were fun, and then there’s time when things just ran their course. You fall in love and you fall out of love and you find a new love,” Rousey told ESPN in a recent in-depth interview with veteran MMA reporter Brett Okamoto.
Ronda Rousey US Flag UFC Belt“There was a while when I was just looking for an honorable way out because I felt satisfied, like I proved everything that I needed to prove, but I didn’t feel like everybody else felt that way. I wasn’t sure if the women’s division could survive without me. So I felt obligated to do more than I actually wanted to.”
Rousey now feels that she’s at a point that she can be content with her contribution to mixed martial arts and move on with her life on her own terms.
“I also feel that everything happens for a reason. I have no regrets and I’m still happy that I fulfilled those obligations (that she felt to MMA). I really do feel like the women’s division can hold its own now. And I’m proud of all the work that I did there and I don’t need anyone else’s approval to be proud of myself.”