Following a second straight devastating one-sided defeat, this time at the hands of the current UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has called on her daughter to call it a day and hang up the 4oz gloves.
After little over a year out of the game, Rousey returned to the Octagon at UFC 207 under all the terms and conditions she wanted to. The UFC professed she was in prime and peak both physical and mental condition, and she was afforded zero distractions when the promotion allowed her to forego any media.
Yet it took just 48 seconds for Nunes, who took the title from Miesha Tate at UFC 200 last summer, to put on a boxing clinic. Rousey never landed a single punch of note before the referee saved her from suffering another brutal knockout.
After she was KO’d by Holy Holm at the end of 2015 and Rousey showing zero signs of any improvement this past weekend, most fans believe this may be the end of the road for the pioneering former UFC champion. And one person of note who has called on her to retire is her De Mars.
“I would like to see her retire,” Ronda’s mother told TMZ. “I would have liked to see her retire a long time ago. Who wants to see their kid get hit? She’s got a lot of talent in a lot of other things. Movies, writing, producing, she’s really, really smart. I told her that at the beginning, when she started this. I said you’re smart and beautiful – let the stupid people get punched in the face. Sorry stupid people!”
Regardless of what she would ideally like her daughter to do, De Mars does believe Rousey needs some time to think about everything before making the ultimate decision on her UFC career.
“Making snap decisions like that is probably not the best idea so I don’t know,” De Mars added. “She’s an adult and she can make her own decisions. If you get in a fight with somebody or you’re angry with somebody, that’s not the time to make decisions. I think decisions are best made when you’re not really emotional and obviously losing something is a real emotional thing.”