Ronda Rousey hasn’t fought for the UFC in nearly two years. In the time since, she has carved out quite the successful career with WWE. But she knows the fight game as well as anyone. And when she was dominating left and right in UFC, every one of her fights was the biggest fight. Therefore, it’s no surprise folks would go to her for opinions on the aftermath of UFC 229. Khabib Nurmagomedov would get Conor McGregor to tap out at the event, but things didn’t stop there. Afterwards, all hell broke loose as Khabib jumped into the crowd.
And while Rousey doesn’t think Khabib should’ve done that, she also thinks the UFC should’ve put a stop to this well before that.
“I don’t want the company to be prioritizing this quarter over this next ten years,” Rousey told TMZ over the weekend. “Yeah, that might make more money this quarter because this fight or the next fight did really well, but I don’t want it to get to a point where people are not buying tickets to go see fights live because they’re afraid of what could happen in the arena”
In the same interview, Rousey goes on to talk about the preferential treatment top fighters receive. And she should know. That said, she also throws shade at how the UFC lets their fighters hype their fights, takes not so subtle jabs at Jon Jones, and much more. On the same note, Rousey knows she’s not running the company. It’s not up to her, and she respects that. The UFC is going to do what’s best for business.
Even if it means selling out.