Ronda Rousey for UFC return

UFC superstar fighter Ronda Rousey is ready to make a return to the octagon following her shocking loss last year to Holly Holm.

The loss in November 2015 was the first of Rousey’s career, and it hit the UFC star-cum-actor strongly. She spent most of 2016 in seclusion, away from the media’s eyes.

Her first fight since then comes up on the 30th of December as she takes on Amanda Nunes. In a new interview with ESPN ahead of the fight, she revealed that the loss had changed her as a person, and had allowed her to be who she really wanted to be.

“I was just trying to make too many people happy,” she said. “But when I try and do favors and make everybody else happy, at the end of the day, they walk away happy and I’m the one who has to deal with the depression. All the pay-per-views in the world, all the money in the world, it means fucking nothing to me because I lost.”

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While she was away from the spotlight, she’d been building herself back to shape, including surgery on her knee. “My ACL is gone. My cartilage is gone,” she said. “It’s been gone. I don’t even know when it left.”

Rousey remains one of the UFC’s biggest and most paid stars, but revealed that money was never a motivation for her.

“If money is the motivation, then fuck you,” she said. “All these Money people…Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it. The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.”

Many expect Rousey to go for Holly Holm if she gets past Nunes, and it would certainly be an interesting rematch.