After Ronda Rousey lost her fight against Holly Holm in November, it was unclear as to when the world could expect her back in the ring. If ever. One thing was definite, Rousey was going to take her time to regroup.
And it seems as if that time might be extended by contented Rousey:
"It's been surprising to me how happy I've been being away from [fighting]. I'm being purposefully mysterious right now because I think people have taken my availability for granted, and I've kind of just wanted to disappear."
Rousey has only been a pro in the UFC since 2011 and in that time she's been one of the most active champions, even more so since becoming the face of MMA and a conduit between the sport and mainstream audiences. Her rise to stardom was rather stratospheric, and that's taken a toll on the 29-year-old.
"MMA? Yeah, they've been making me go nonstop. I mean, my first year I fought six times. I feel like I've been burning the candle at both ends for a long time. In judo, I took a good period of time off after the Beijing Olympics and I feel like I'm bodily and mentally in a similar space where it's just what I need right now."
There's no telling when Rousey will get back in the ring, although she has made claims that it'll be this year. Whatever the case, one things for sure, when she does decide it's time to fight, she'll definitely be well-rested.