Ronda Rousey Discusses Concealing Concussion History in UFC, WWE

Ronda Rousey shares her untold struggles in revealing memoir.

by Noman Rasool
Ronda Rousey Discusses Concealing Concussion History in UFC, WWE
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Ronda Rousey, the trailblazing athlete who etched her name in the annals of combat sports history, has opened up about her journey, battling through her career while concealing her concussion history. As the only female to clinch world titles in both the UFC and WWE, Rousey's transition from mixed martial arts to professional wrestling was nothing short of spectacular.

Following her departure from MMA — marked by defeats to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes — Rousey embarked on a successful stint in WWE, capturing several titles before her exit last year. In a candid revelation on Instagram, ahead of her memoir "Our Fight," Rousey shed light on the challenges she faced, maintaining her top-tier athletic performance amidst significant health concerns.

"Keeping my concussion history a secret was necessary for years," she disclosed, highlighting the lengths she went to continue competing and performing at the highest levels. The aftermath of her defeat to Holm, Rousey's first professional loss in MMA, was a pivotal moment that she felt unable to publicly address due to the complexities surrounding it.

"The Holm loss was multifaceted, making it something I couldn't just discuss through an interview or article," she explained, pointing out the barriers to conveying her true experiences.

Concussion Disclosure Fears

Rousey also touched on the potential repercussions of disclosing her concussion history while still active in combat sports.

She feared such admissions would not only make her a target but possibly bar her from competition — a concern that persisted during her tenure in WWE, an organization known for its stringent concussion protocols following past instances of wrestlers experiencing brain trauma.

As she prepares to release her memoir in April, Rousey promises to unveil more about her storied career, including her recent criticisms of WWE and its leadership, as well as her take on the legal challenges facing the organization.

Her reflections offer a rare glimpse into the personal battles faced by one of combat sports' most iconic figures, highlighting the resilience and determination that defined her career.

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