Ronda Rousey: I'm not going to be fighting in my 30s

Ryan McKinnell
Ryan McKinnell

Ronda Rousey has a reputation for speaking her mind.

Whether it's her thoughts on 9/11, Floyd Mayweather, or having Fedor Emelianenko’s babies, “Rowdy” has had more than her fair share of newsworthy sound bites.

Ronda Rousey (L) only has 12 fights under her belt but doesn't want to linger in MMA. (Getty)

But on the most recent episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," Rousey dropped a bombshell on her future plans as a fighter.

And, according to the 28-year-old star, that "future" may be coming sooner than people might have previously thought.

“I’m not going to be doing this in my 30s,” Rousey admitted to Rogan. “I don’t want to be fighting in my 30s, [and] by 30s, I mean, like, 31, 32. If you’re actually 30 years old, that’s 30, not 30s. Once you add the one, that’s 30s, plural. I’m 28 – I don’t know.”

Rousey made clear, however, that her career in the UFC is still very much "unfinished." The same passion that brought the bantamweight champ to 12-0 with 11 first-round finishes was still obvious as she spoke to Rogan.

Even so, this is a late 20-something who is talking about not needing to fight as a young 30-something. Meaning, if you like watching Ronda Rousey fight, you better enjoy it now, while you still can.

Hollywood has already come calling with roles in "Entourage," "Fast 7" and the upcoming "Mile 22." And Rousey’s last outing on pay-per-view rang up nearly one million buys.

She is quite possibly the biggest star in UFC history. And her next fight is already booked for a showdown against former world champion boxer Holly Holm at the 90,000 seat Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 15.

However, the unavoidable "business" that Rousey was alluding to, is none other that Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

Justino is a wrecking ball of epic proportions but has yet to even attempt a weight cut to Rousey’s divisional limit of 135 pounds (Justino fights at 145 pounds). In fact, Justino has yet to fight in the UFC, despite being signed to its sister company, the all-women’s promotion Invicta FC.

Most think that Justino is the only logical competition for Rousey. And that very well might be, but until she makes 135, the chatter is completely circumstantial.

Ronda Rousey most recently delivered a brutal KO win over Brazilian Bethe Correia. (Getty)

Rousey has her opinions on why Cyborg won’t, or can’t make the weight, though. Her beef with Cyborg stems from Justino’s failed drug test in 2011 for the anabolic steroid stanozolol after a Strikeforce fight.

Rogan talks about how stanozolol is a steroid that makes you “keep size” while trying to cut weight.

“It’s one of the best one’s for that,” Rogan said.

“If you could make weight and be on steroids, even if it’s a relatively friendly ‘weight-making’ steroid, you’re still…without it you’re capable of moving down,” Rousey replied.

“You see what happens to people without it when they get off of steroids? You see what they look like. It’s very easy for them to drop down. They immediately shrink up. It changes everything. It’s all an insecurity thing. That’s all it is.

“The thing is, someone who uses steroids and those kind of things, they need that to mentally think they have an advantage they didn’t earn,” Rousey continued. “It’s a crutch for her. She needs to feel like she somehow has an advantage from the outside. She doesn’t think she’s good enough with what she has. That’s why you dope in the first place because you feel like the best you have isn’t good enough. She feels like if we fight fair, what she has isn’t good enough. That’s why she wants it to be somehow stacked in her favor.”

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