Ronda Rousey discusses some of the difficulties of MMA and compares those difficulties to what she faced in WWE.
“The Baddest Woman On The Planet” Ronda Rousey debuted for WWE at the 2018 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. She went on to obtain the record for longest RAW Women’s Title reign and was a part of the first-ever women’s main event at WrestleMania. Ronda Rousey made it clear months prior to WrestleMania that she was planning to step away to have a family with her husband Travis Browne. Ronda uploaded a video to her YouTube channel last month and shared that the original plan was for her to wrestle up until Survivor Series but once she realized that main eventing WrestleMania was a possibility, she made the decision to stay.
Ronda Rousey is a Judo Champion, UFC Hall Of Famer and the first-ever UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and during a sit-down interview with UFC’s Megan Olivi, Ronda spoke about the biggest challenges she faced in UFC and compared those challenges to what she did in WWE. Ronda stated that she did the “easy version” of WWE but more-so discussed how mentally draining MMA and Judo can be.
“It’s physical in a different way. Fighting is definitely… the stress from fighting is much, much more. I could get in a random fight… someone could walk into this room right now and I’ll beat the f*ck out of anyone in this planet but it’s the training camp and the weeks leading up to it and the press and just like, going to sleep every night thinking about it and all those things.” Ronda explained. “That’s the real wear and tear I feel like. Not the physical part of it so much and of course, fights, you assume, ‘I’ll give myself at least a month to recover after that’ so it’s a peaking system. You allow yourself to peak and crash. With WWE, it’s just a grind and it’s non-stop and I did the easy version. Everyone else does like 300 days a year. Their bodies don’t get to rest as much as ours in MMA, but their minds get to rest a lot more than we do in MMA. I feel like there’s no pressure on anything. The only thing that compares to mental strain in MMA is the Olympics, and that’s the one highest because you train your whole life and you have one day for all of your training and all of your hard work to pay off or it was all for nothing. You can get another fight in a couple months. So nothing compares to that and so I think I went from the highest stress possible to less and less and then, yeah. I’m older now. I don’t wanna stress out about anything anymore.” She said.