UFC president Dana White said as much recently, confirming that she hasn't officially retired while questioning why she would even consider returning to the octagon.
Ronda Rousey's UFC career might, for all intents and purposes, by effectively over thanks to a 48-second rinsing from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 back in December of 2016, but her career inside a ring is apparently far from over. During the height of her UFC championship run, Rousey made multiple appearances in the WWE - from teaming up with The Rock to Judo-throw Stephanie McMahon to hanging out ringside - but this year, it seems as if something more substantial is brewing.
At that time, Rousey staged an "altercation" with WWE superstars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Bayley while standing alongside her real life friends Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Shayna Baszler gave up mixed-martial arts in favour of pro-wrestling, and is now signed to the WWE after finishing second in the company's women-only Mae Young Classic tournament earlier this year.
USA Today reports that "two people close" to Rousey asserted that the Olympic bronze medalist is finalising a deal to jump across to Vince McMahon's pro-graps megalith, which would quite obviously carry a hefty price-tag with it given Rousey's star appeal.
"I've been out there probably saying if she wants the opportunity I'm happy to give it to her". I care about her, and she's got enough money. She's got enough money and all that stuff. "I don't want to see it happen".
That led to speculation that an official appearance is imminent, perhaps at Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans on April 8.
The 30-year-old has been working out at WWE's High Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. By the time Rousey lost to Nunes she was coming up against an athlete who devoted her entire existence to excelling at MMA, and it showed. WrestleMania season is right around the corner, and there's no question WWE would want to have Rousey's debut coincide with one of the company's biggest shows of the year. The move to wrestling is more than likely at this point.