Ronda Rousey calls the way that Conor McGregor announced his retirement “creative and cryptic.” The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion had two different reactions to the news.
The current WWE Raw women’s champion first took to her official Twitter account where she gave her initial reaction. She wrote, “Second round is on me.”
Moving along, she appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday morning alongside Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch to promote their triple threat match that will headline WrestleMania 35 on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium airing on the WWE Network.
This is where Rousey gave her second reaction to the news by praising the way that he did the announcement, but questioned if it will stick.
“It’s a creative way to retire and it was a cryptic way to retire (H/T to MMAFighting),” Rousey said on SportsCenter. “We will see how permanent it is. If he wants to retire forever, he’s more than earned it. Like I said, I’m ready to buy the second round.”
Rousey has been out of the fight game for two years after suffering devastating losses in her last two bouts under the UFC banner. She was dethroned of UFC gold by Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. Holm knocked her out with her infamous head kick. Then, she suffered a 48-second TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016.
Her retirement stuck. But will McGregor’s? We will see.