If she would rather return to one sport where she’s gonna enjoy it and felt loved, former UFC legend Ronda Rousey would go back to wrestling than the UFC.
In a gaming live stream, Ronda aired out her grievances against the fanbase that supported her from 2011 to 2016 saying, fans don’t care about your skills and dedication as a fighter whenever you aren’t at the top.
Rousey Reflects on UFC Fans and WWE Fans
“I would say that WWE fans care more about the wrestlers than the UFC fans care about fighters. UFC fans have much less respect for the veterans and legends of the sport than WWE fans do. A lot of UFC fans are kind of like bandwagon fans in that way,” the 35-year-old said.
Rousey’s last MMA fight was a TKO loss to Amanda Nunes on December 30th, 2016. It was a sad two-consecutive loss goodbye to who had been the most dominant female fighter the UFC had ever seen (and once held a 12-0 record).
Rousey’s Perspective on UFC and WWE Fandom
Shortly after, in 2017, Rousey signed a full-time contract with the WWE and hasn’t looked back. Since then, other female fighters have graced the Octagon, and fans haven’t looked back either.
In the live which she talked about various topics, Rousey said that in the you always have to be the champion for people to love you and be interested in you. Once you slip and lose the belt, it’s technically over for you.
“The second you’re not on top, you’re dead to them. Where WWE fans are like, ‘this is the guy that did this 20 years ago’ and are still really excited whereas UFC fans now are like… ‘Anderson Silva sucks. Georges St-Pierre sucks.’ These are people that elevated the sport and paved the way for everybody else,” she said.
“I don’t see UFC fans having the same respect for people that got the sport to where it is as WWE fans. I’m not saying it’s completely absent, I’m just saying I see more respect for legends in WWE fans than UFC fans.”