ByMatt Juul, writer at Creators.co
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

's comeback tour kicked into high gear on Wednesday night, as the former champion stopped by Conan to hype up her upcoming return to the Octagon against women's bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes at .

Since Rousey's talk with O'Brien was her first major media appearance since her interview with Ellen DeGeneres last month, we decided to dissect her latest chat to try and figure out what fans can expect from "Rowdy" on December 30.

Here are five takeaways from Rousey's appearance on last night's episode of Conan.

She isn't fighting for fame or fortune.

Rousey may be the UFC's most recognizable star, but fame and fortune aren't her goals within the fight game. Surprisingly, the Olympian revealed that she only keeps throwing down in order to save up enough money to set up a self-sustainable, post-apocalyptic compound.

"I'm beating people up so I can get the compound," Rousey told O'Brien. "I got to work first then I'll get the chickens and the buffalo."

On the surface, this might seen like your typical wacky, late-night banter, but it does offer a peek at what Rousey values in her life, and it isn't buying private jets and walking red carpets. Perhaps this more down-to-earth goal will take some of the pressure off Rousey when she walks into the Octagon later this month.

She's cutting back on the smack talk...

After making a mark with her brash brand of trash-talking, Rousey has decided to cut back on the smack talk following her loss to Holm. The MMA star told O'Brien that she's matured a lot over the past few months and doesn't feel the need to act like that kind of person anymore.

"I learned that the views I get and the money I make really doesn't mean anything for me or my happiness," Rousey said. "Now that I know that the women's division is secure, I don't have to do that anymore. I choose not to."

This level-headed approach shows just how far Rousey has come as both a person and a professional fighter. Don't expect emotions to cloud her judgement on fight night.

...but still had some choice words for Amanda Nunes.

Rousey may be over the whole trash-talking business, but she still had some choice words for Nunes on Wednesday night. The former champ had a bit of a chuckle over her opponent's claim that she'll finish her in the first round.

"She kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second," Rousey said. "What else is she going to tell herself? She's got to sleep at night somehow."

Sure, Rousey is trying to be a bit more respectful these days, but she's not going to let anyone talk down or walk over her. She's still got that fire in her, which is a good thing heading into another big title fight.

She still scares the hell out of people—including Jake Gyllenhaal.

If you thought losing the belt would end Rousey's aura of badassness, think again. The former champ is still a pretty intimidating fighter, just ask her fellow Conan guest Jake Gyllenhaal.

While the actor got ripped to play a boxer in Southpaw, Gyllenhaal knows he'd have no shot in a fight with Rousey.

"Like I'm an actor, let's be honest," Gyllehaal said. "I learned long ago, I have a very strong mother and a very strong sister... I know not to f--k with them. That's just the bottom line."

It's cool to know that Rousey hasn't lost her intimidation factor.

She's still the big nerd we all know and love.

Rousey may be a bit more mature and grounded these days, but one thing that hasn't changed is her adorable nerdy side. She revealed that she became "World of Warcraft" buddies with her co-star Vin Diesel.

"Every night after filming we'd go over his place and set up computers on other sides of the room," Rousey said. "He had some kind of druid and I started out as a night elf hunter."

Despite all the craziness she had to endure over the past year, it's great to see that Rousey's inner kid hasn't changed a bit. Regardless of what happens at UFC 207, we'll still play "World of Warcraft" with you, Ronda.

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