Rousey coach: I wouldn’t be surprised if she retired

Ronda Rousey’s nutrition coach Mike Dolce has said that it wouldn’t come as a major shock to him if the former women’s bantamweight champion decided to retire after her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. 

Rousey, who was making her UFC comeback after more than a year, took on Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title, but in a major shock to many UFC fans the 29-year-old was pummelled by Nunes and lost via TKO in just 48 seconds. 

With her second loss in a row following her knockout by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015, there is a lot of speculation that Rousey will call time on her UFC career. 

“I wouldn’t be surprised either way,” Dolce told MMA Fighting. “I want to make sure that’s contextual. If she says, ‘I want to be back for Super Bowl weekend or the July 4th card,’ I would not be surprised in the slightest. 

If she says, ‘I’ve done my thing in MMA, I’m gonna retire as a legend in the sport, specifically for WMMA,’ I wouldn’t be surprised, either. I truly think it’s 50-50 right now.

“I think it’s gonna take some time. I don’t think she truly knows right now. As any good athlete, she should take her time to really think about it.”

After her loss to Holm, Rousey revealed that she had thought about committing suicide, but Dolce insists that her frame of mind is a lot more positive at the moment. 

“No, there’s no concern about that,” Dolce said. “She’s in a great place. She has an amazing support system around her, truly. I think she’s at an excellent point in her life.

“And this is my personal opinion, what happened in Australia against Holly, that was like a death. It was the death — and she had said — of who she wanted to be and what she wanted to be.”

Some people questioned whether Rousey was fully prepared for the fight against Nunes, but Dolce made it clear that she had made big changes to her lifestyle in the lead-up to her comeback fight. 

“That shows the dedication of the athlete,” Dolce said. “She had really made some lifestyle changes, put her training first. So I don’t think, there’s no excuses. She did everything and had every opportunity to be perfectly prepare and she was for this fight. 

“Kudos have to go to Amanda Nunes for putting on an amazing performance and going out there and getting the win over Ronda Rousey, who was well-prepared.”