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Ronda Rousey: UFC return just as likely as Olympic return

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Ronda Rousey repeated that she doesn’t know if she will return to UFC in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres published Tuesday.

“It’s just as likely as me going to back to another Olympics for judo,” the 31-year-old Rousey said. “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo, and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting. I’m just doing what I enjoy, and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”

Rousey, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, is now under contract with WWE. She is scheduled for a match debut at WrestleMania on April 8 in a mixed tag-team event with 1996 Olympic wrestling champion Kurt Angle as her partner.

“I’m nervous, but it’s not like Olympics nervous,” Rousey said. “The worst thing that’ll happen is I’ll look stupid.”

Rousey said in an ESPN interview published Jan. 28 that WWE has “first priority on my time the next several years.” Rousey shrugged off a question about retirement from mixed martial arts.

“That’s what everybody else seems to say,” Rousey said. “I mean, I never retired from judo. If that’s what you guys want to think, all I know is that I really want to devote 100 percent of my time to wrestling right now, and whatever people want to call that, they can call it.”

Previously, Rousey said she needed “to take some time to reflect and think about the future” on Dec. 31, 2016, one day after losing her second straight UFC fight via a brutal TKO at the pummeling hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.

Rousey has been out of MMA ever since.

UFC president Dana White said in January 2017 that he believed Rousey would never fight in UFC again.

“I think she’s probably done,” White said then. “I think she’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”

White said he made those comments after speaking to Rousey earlier that same day.

“Her spirits are good. She’s doing her own thing,” he said. “In the conversation that I had with her, if I had to say right here, right now — and, again, I don’t like saying right here, right now because, you know, it’s up to her and her thing — but I wouldn’t say she fights again.”

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Ronda Rousey’s Olympic rings stolen by ‘little punks’

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Ronda Rousey said “kids with skateboards” slept in her house for days while she was away and stole items, including her Olympic rings.

Rousey said she and fiance Travis Browne noticed when stopping by her California home before leaving on a recent trip to New Zealand (where Browne proposed).

“Someone had been squatting in my house for, like, three days, sleeping in my bed, stole my Olympic rings, stole my guns, stole all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, credit cards,” Rousey said on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Wednesday.

Rousey has security cameras at her home, so they checked the tape.

“We saw that they were a bunch of kids with skateboards, and there’s a famous skate park right across the street, because we’re in Venice,” she said. “So, you know, my man’s 6’7,” 260. He, like, beelines it straight to the skateboard park, finds the guys right away. He’s smart enough not to [hit them]. We’ll get sued pretty hard, so he found the police right then, and they caught them.”

Rousey called the perpetrators “little punks.”

“I wish five minutes with me was the sentence, but I think that would go under cruel and unusual punishment,” she said.

Rousey competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, becoming the first U.S. woman to earn a judo medal in Beijing (bronze) before converting to MMA.

U.S. Olympians generally receive rings from the U.S. Olympic Committee after the Games.

Rousey has not said if or when she will return to fight MMA following her second straight loss on Dec. 30, a brutal TKO to Amanda Nunes.

UFC president Dana White said in January that he talked to Rousey, and based on that talk, believed she will never fight again.

Rousey’s last comments to mainstream media on her future were via a reported Dec. 31 statement.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future,” she said then.

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Kayla Harrison chooses to fight; MMA debut coming

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Double Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison will make her MMA debut next year, but the date is to be determined, she said Thursday.

Harrison responded to reports citing her manager that she will make her debut with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in late February.

In October, Harrison announced she joined MMA promotion World Series of Fighting (now PFL) as a commentator, brand ambassador and potentially a fighter. But she wasn’t 100 percent committed to competing at the time.

“All signs point to a yes, but everything has to work out,” Harrison said then.

Harrison, 26 and all but retired from judo, has been asked time and again for years about her interest in pursuing MMA. That’s in part because of former training partner Ronda Rousey‘s overwhelming success after she switched from Olympic judo.

Harrison has taken boxing and jiu-jitsu lessons as far back as 2013, which should boost her MMA potential.

To compete in MMA, Harrison will require a weight cut from her Olympic judo class of 172 pounds.

Rousey competed at 135 pounds, the heaviest women’s weight class in UFC. PFL, which had no women’s weight class when Harrison signed up, planned to develop a women’s program as Harrison readied for a potential debut.

Harrison expected in October that if she fought, it would be at 145 pounds.

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