Ronda Rousey isn’t taking part in a media whirlwind before her Dec. 30 comeback fight, not yet at least, and she’s engaging in even less trash talk.
“Well it’s just that don’t really have to,” Rousey, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist who lost her last UFC fight on Nov. 15, 2015, told Conan O’Brien in an interview published overnight. “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 that the women’s [UFC] division is secure, I don’t have to do that anymore. So I choose not to. It’s not something that 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 would 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.”
To which O’Brien told Rousey that her UFC 207 opponent, Amanda Nunes, predicted she would finish off Rousey in the first round.
“Well she kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second, so she has to tell herself that it’s going to happen in the first round,” Rousey said, deadpan. “What else is she going to tell herself? She’s got to sleep at night somehow.”
Rousey also confirmed to O’Brien that her retirement is coming up.
“Maybe, I don’t think after this fight, but definitely soon,” Rousey said.Follow @nzaccardi