Ronda Rousey Needs A Break After UFC 175, But Won’t Be Gone Long


UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey has been a very busy woman as of late. She’s won three straight bouts since making her debut with an armbar submission over Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157 back in February 2013.

Following it up with rapid finishes over Miesha Tate and Sara McMann and UFC 168 and 170, respectively, Rousey has also gained a ton of fame for roles in upcoming movie “The Expendables 3,” “Entourage,” “Fast and the Furious 7,” and “The Athena Project.”

All of the exploding has fame has understandably left her with precious little time to herself. While the former Olympian is used to training nonstop, she told The Great MMA Debate Podcast that she’s been going hard since 2010, meaning her four-year cycle is done, and she needs a break:

“I keep talking about how I’m going to take a break. I really do say every time I’m in camp, ‘oh man, I can’t wait to take a vacation,’ and I really need it this time. I think I’m really going to do it this time.

I think I’m going to take a vacation in August, probably like the end of August or beginning of September. I might even go somewhere for like a month just to break it up a little bit because I have been constantly on the go, charging it since 2010 it feels like. I work in quadrennials. So it’s 2014 now. It’s like I’ve gone through a whole Olympic cycle. I’m ready to take a little bit of a break after this one.”

While Rousey is regarded as one of the hardest workers in all of MMA, even a stalwart beast like herself needs a bit of time off. Set to face Alexis Davis, the only other woman to win three fights in the Octagon, in the co-main event of July 5’s UFC 175, Rousey said she’s planning on taking her break after she wins her fourth UFC bout:

“I can’t go forever, or I will end up burning the candle at both ends at some point. So I’m just going to beat Alexis, I’m going to promote this movie, and then I’m really going to take some time to rest a little bit.”

But even though she’s planning on stepping back from the grind for a while, that doesn’t mean she’ll be gone for all that long. Her version of a break is around a month without stepping into the gym:

“My version of taking a little bit of time to rest might be much different than Georges St-Pierre’s, where he needs so long that he needs to give up his belt. I don’t plan on taking that long of a break, long for me, which is probably like a month of doing something else. One month of just not training.”

That’s music to the UFC’s hears, because with many of the promotion’s top pay-per-view draws injured and/or nearing the end of their illustrious runs, they can ill-afford to lose “Rowdy,” who may be their biggest star right now.

What would they do without her?

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