Ronda Rousey Retirement Confirmed? Don Fyre Gives Opinion, Cris Cyborg Blasts Rival

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 09/22/16 05:00AM EDT
UFC 193: Rousey v Holm
Ronda Rousey of the United States (R) and Holly Holm of the United States compete in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo : Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

As Ronda Rousey remains the sidelines, rumors about her potential retirement have been rampant.

Rousey last saw action at UFC 193 in November, when she was knocked out by Holly Holm via second-round head kick. Since then, "Rowdy" had seemingly entered into a bout of depression, where she also revealed to have contemplated suicide. The UFC, for their part, remain uncertain about when their former biggest draw would make a return to the Octagon.

While many fans are hopeful about her return, some of her detractors are not counting on it. For UFC Hall-of-Famer Don Frye, Rousey is already done with her career when she was knocked out by Holm, and believes it would stay that way from now on.

"No, she's not coming back. She'll never fight again. She used to be able to draw fans, now she can't. Everybody's seen through her," Frye told Submission Radio in a recent interview.

"The Predator" also disagreed with the previous stipulation that Rousey should be given an immediate title shot upon her return, noting that a rematch against Holm should be done first. If she does emerge victorious in that, only then can she fight for the belt.

On the other hand, Rousey's long-time on-paper rival Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino also her own message. In an interview with TMZ, the current Invicta FC featherweight champion says Rousey's seemingly defeatist attitude is not sending a good message to her fans, especially since she is a revered figure worldwide to most women and children.

"I just think it's not a good message because when you win, you're happy," Cyborg said. "If you have a problem in life, don't give up. Nothing's easy."

Cyborg will be headlining UFC Fight Night 95 in her home country of Brazil, as he welcomes newcomer Lisa Lansberg into the UFC. The fight will be at a 140-pound catch weight.



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