Ronda Rousey is back in the public eye as she prepares to face women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30. More than a year out from her last fight, when she lost the title to Holly Holm in a shocking upset, Rousey said she’s doing things differently this time around. Mainly, she said, she’s not planning on talking as much trash about her opponents.
“Now that I know the women’s division is secure, I don’t have to do that anymore. I choose not to,” she told Conan O’Brien on Thursday night (via Fox Sports). “It’s not something I really get a kick off of like, ‘Ooh, I want to spend 12 hours at ESPN and talk [crap] all day.’ That’s not really what I’d want to do.”
So what does the 29-year-old want to do?
“I want to go play World of Warcraft,” she said, noting that the game, in which she is actually a character, led to a fast friendship between her and Vin Diesel on the set of “Furious 7.”
Instead of talking trash to create buzz around her fights, she said she now prefers to interact with strangers online through the game who have “no clue” who she is.
“They’re just nice just because, and I like that,” she said.
Despite her new attitude, however, it appears Rousey hasn’t totally shed her old ways. After learning of Nunes’s claims that she plans to finish Rousey in the first round, Rousey couldn’t help but get a little dig in.
“Well, she kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second so she has to tell herself that,” she told O’Brien. “What else is she going to tell herself? She has to sleep at night somehow.”
Rousey and Nunes will square off in a rare Friday night pay-per-view on the penultimate day of the year. Rousey may be resigned to being a little more quiet than usual, but the UFC has begun unfurling its full-scale promotion efforts, which include a leaked “Rocky”-style video montage touting Rousey’s comeback.
What Rousey will do after UFC 207 is unclear, but the bout with Nunes will likely be one of the superstar’s final fights.
“I’m wrapping it up,” Rousey said during an episode of the daytime talk show “Ellen” last month. “This definitely is one of my last fights.”
UFC President Dana White echoed that sentiment to TMZ Sports a day later, confirming that Rousey’s storied fight career was “winding down.” He said he suspects Rousey might want to concentrate on her burgeoning Hollywood film career instead.
“She loves acting, she’s good at it, and if she dedicates herself to it, she’ll be even better at it,” White said.
Rousey began acting in 2014 when she starred in “The Expendables 3.” Since then, she’s also filmed roles in “Furious 7” and “Entourage.” Most recently, she starred in an episode of the Comedy Central show “Drunk History.”
Rousey is also slated to star in the remake of “Road House,” although that film does not yet have a production schedule.