Rousey: 'No one will hear from me ever again' after retirement

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Ronda Rousey returns to The Octagon at UFC 193 to defend her women's bantamweight championship for the seventh time when she takes on fellow undefeated fighter Holly Holm on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Ahead of the much-anticipated bout, Rousey has been busy with other endeavors -- including being a co-host on 'SportsCenter' earlier in the month. She opened up to AOL Sports about how that experience was, where UFC is headed, why she wants to fight at Madison Square Garden, what she'll do in retirement and much more.

Q: You have the big event coming up against Holm, who is undefeated. How excited are you?

A: I'm really excited having an opponent like her. I think she's the first one who is really technical, patient, cool-headed and fired up enough to give me opportunity to show everything I'm capable of. ... I'm looking forward to showing everybody what's on paper doesn't matter in this case or in practice.

Q: This will be the first event in Melbourne and the first time two women will be fighting on the same card. You've been a part of a lot of firsts. Does that ever get old being a part of so many special milestones?

A: It doesn't get old because I'm always finding ways to top it. I mean, a stadium in front of 70,000 is no small feat, and we broke the attendance record. Take two American girls and have them fight in Austraila, it's no small endeavor. I'm not reveling in how awesome it is, though, because we haven't even accomplished it yet. Until the fight, it weighs on me. I think about it every day. I think about what Holm will try to do and I think of any kind of answer I'd have for her. I'm obsessed with thinking about it. But after, I'll appreciate it.

Q: Women's UFC has seen a meteoric rise in recent memory. Are you surprised how quickly it has grown?

A: I'm not surprised, but it's definitely risen a lot faster than I could've expected. I didn't think it was outside the realm of possibility, but it has been outside realm of expectations. It's really calming to know that even though I thought I had ridiculous goals, I'm constantly being challenged. It's really exciting always having new goals to go after. With the constant pursuit of one, it could get tiring, so it's real rejuvenating.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ronda Rousey' Episode 1694 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Rudnitsky, Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata, Ronda Rousey, Aidy Bryant, and Vanessa Bayer during the monologue on January 23, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Ronda Rousey waits in her corner before facing Holly Holm in their women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: UFC fighter Ronda Rousey accepts the Best Female Athlete award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey works out at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, left, trains with trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey smiles during her workout at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, bottom, trains with judo coach Justin Flores at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, left, trains with trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 01: Actress Ronda Rousey arrives at the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Entourage' at Regency Village Theatre on June 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, Ronda Rousey, with Reebok insignia on her uniform, celebrates after defeating Cat Zingano in a UFC 184 mixed martial arts bantamweight title bout in Los Angeles. UFC fighters will be paid for wearing Reebok gear based on their tenure in the octagon under the mixed martial arts promotion’s new sponsorship deal. The UFC on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, announced the change in its pay structure for its deal with Reebok, which signed on late last year to outfit every fighter. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Ronda Rousey arrives at the premiere of "Furious 7" at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ronda Rousey arrives at the premiere of "Furious 7" at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Ronda Rousey at ABC's Good Morning America in New York city on March 26, 2015. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ronda Rousey arrives at Universal Pictures Premiere of 'Furious 7'' at the TLC Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, on April 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.CA (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Ronda Rousey Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on March 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (Blue shorts) Cat Zingano takes down Ronda Rousey in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (Top) Ronda Rousey grapples with Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - AUGUST 20: UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at a Q&A session during the Macao UFC Fight Night Press Conference at the Four Season Hotel on August 20, 2014 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
MACAU - AUGUST 22: Ronda Rousey arrives a special screening of 'The Expendables 3' at The Venetian Macao on August 22, 2014 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Jerome Favre/Getty Images for The Venetian Macao)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Swizz Beatz and Ronda Rousey appear at Reebok and UFC Announce Long-Term Partnership at Industria Studios on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Reebok)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (R) UFC President Dana White congratulates Ronda Rousey on her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Q: Where do you think the sport is headed? What would u want to see happen next?

A: I think the next big step would be MMA -- professional and regulated MMA –- legal in New York in order to fight in Madison Square Garden, which is an iconic place to have fights. I think if we reach that point, there will be a new level of acceptance, for the next generation to understand and accept it, rather than having an old-school or traditional perspective. I think it's only a matter of time for more people to be exposed to it and more people to appreciate it for what it is.

Q: You're known for how 'in the zone' you get before a bout -- but the snarl is far from your every-day personality. Is the preparation process different for every fight, or do you mentally prepare yourself the same?

A: I'm just ready to go any time it's called for. I can teleport to the octagon and I can fall into it and be ready. It's something that I'm always ready to do in a moment's notice. I sleep all day, I sleep in the locker room because I'm training to condition myself to get up and be ready. It's not some long process. But I literally wake up out of the dead of sleep, ready to defend my title. It may not show all day, but if the need is there, I could respond immediately.

Q: You hosted 'SportsCenter' this month. Were you nervous?

A: (Laughs) Nothing can really make me that nervous. What's the worst that can happen, I'll screw up?

Q: Were you more nervous about being a co-host than entering the ring?

A: I put a whole lot more on the line by getting in the ring. Being a co-host, there's nothing I can lose from that. Hopefully I do a good job and people are entertained. If I suck, well, whatever (laughs).

Q: You also clearly enjoy acting. Have you ever thought about, especially because of the SportsCenter opportunity, getting into television, reporting or announcing after you retire from fighting?

A: No, I think that when I'm retired I'm probably going to move to the middle of nowhere, like Alaska or something, and not have to hear anyone's opinion about anything ever again. And I'm just gonna raise animals and make babies and no one will hear from me ever again. You'll miss me. I'm just going to tell myself that (laughs).

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