Ronda Rousey has neither fought nor officially had another fight booked since losing her bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Recent surgery has postponed her potential return to the Octagon to December 2016 or even early 2017. Rousey's future in MMA has been subject to a considerable amount of speculation that includes the possibility of her not competing again.
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Jason Miller's latest run-in with the law could've resulted in his removal from a fight with Luke Barnatt this May, but Italian-based Venator FC isn't having any of that. The promotion's president released an official statement for the ages.
What if Rousey does decide that the Holm loss was her final UFC fight? What's the next chapter in her life? I suppose Hollywood is the logical answer, but we can't leave out the chance that she will sign with another promotion. It's a self-admitted "long shot," but Shaun Donnelly's Lingerie Fighting Championships could be Rousey's next destination. This is not a misprint, the following italicized text is their 100% real press release sent out on Wednesday, July 27th.
Lingerie Fighting Championships, Inc. ("LFC") (OTCQB:BOTY) announced today that it will pursue Ronda Rousey in the event she retires from the UFC.
"Ronda Rousey has long been at the very top of our wish list," said Shaun Donnelly, LFC's Chief Executive Officer. "Not only is she one of the top fighters of all time, she is also a very beautiful woman who isn't afraid to show off her sexy side."
LFC has never made an offer to any fighter already under contract with another league but recent rumors that Rousey plans to retire if she loses a rematch to Holly Holm has changed the landscape.
"We have reason to believe that Ms. Rousey might seriously consider a role with Lingerie Fighting Championships, either as a competitor or an ambassador," Donnelly says. "She has been critical in the past at how little female fighters are paid and LFC has always shown a real commitment to paying our fighters very well."
Previous LFC events have boasted purses in excess of $15,000 and while Donnelly acknowledges this is a very small sum compared to what Rousey earns with the UFC, it is anticipated the publicly traded company might make an offer that combines purse with shares of the company.
"It's still a long shot at this point," Donnelly admits. "For one thing, I don't believe Rousey will lose to Holm a second time. She's an exceptional fighter and she's going to have a long time to prepare. I wouldn't bet against her under those circumstances."
In the meantime, Lingerie Fighting Championships 21: Naughty ‘n Nice will air on more than 1000 cable / satellite systems and networks worldwide on August 12 @ 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Check your local cable listings.
I think the press release speaks for itself and there's not much more to add, but we might as well add while we're here. This is their (kinda NSFW) commercial for LFC 21 in August. Why stop there, though? If you want to see how the women of Lingerie Fighting Championships (AKA potential Ronda Rousey opponents) compete inside the cage, here's a sizzle reel from LFC 20.