Ronda Rousey has brushed off Amanda Nunes' taunts ahead of their showdown for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight title on 30 December at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The American also suggested that she will not retire after her bout at UFC 207, but indicated that the end is near in terms of her UFC career.
The longest reigning bantamweight title holder is returning to the Octagon after more than a year, her last appearance being the brutal knockout against Holly Holm when she surrendered her title. The belt has since changed hands on two occasions with Meisha Tate holding the title before being beaten by Nunes earlier in the year.
The Brazilian fighter made it clear after her face-off with Rousey in November this year that she will retain the title, as she has been preparing for a fight with the California-born former bantamweight champion from the start of her career. Nunes revealed that she knows all of her opponents' strengths and weaknesses as she studies a breakdown of her fights on a daily basis.
'Rowdy' Rousey however was unconcerned and revealed that the Brazilian's tough talk is only to help her sleep at night since everyone in the sport is aware that she cannot last beyond the second round. The 29-year-old also indicated that like in the past she is not going to spend most of her time talking trash about her opponents as she would rather spend time focusing on training and "chilling out".
"Well she kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second so she has to tell herself that. What else is she going to tell herself? She has to sleep at night somehow," Rousey said speaking on the Conan O'Brien Show on Wednesday (7 December), as quoted by Fox Sports.
"Well it's just that don't really have to. I mean I've done a lot of learning in this last year and I've learned that the views I get and the money I make really doesn't mean anything for me or my happiness. Now that I know the women's division is secure, I don't have to do that anymore. I choose not to. It's not something I really get a kick off of like 'ooh I want to spend 12 hours at ESPN and talk (expletive) all day'. That's not really what I'd want to do.
"I want to go play World of Warcraft. So this time around I was like I'm not going to do that. I'm going to play World of Warcraft and then go train and then come back and chill out," she explained.
"I don't think after this fight. But definitely soon," Rousey added when asked about the possibility of retiring from the sport following her clash with Nunes at UFC 207.