Ronda Rousey is on an impressive, undefeated UFC run right now, but she knows it can’t last.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rousey explained, “People forget that I had a 10-year judo career before I started doing this. I’ve had arthritis since I was 19. My doctor went and checked out my leg before this and was like, ‘You have an impressive amount of arthritis for your age,’ and I was like, ‘Thank you!’ I don’t have as many miles left in me as the average 28-year-old athlete.”
And Rousey is OK with that idea.
“I’m in my physical prime right now, but by the time I’m 30, I’d like to be moving on with my life and finding something else to do,” she explained, “because there’s so many cautionary tales of fighters around who just couldn’t move on, stuck around a little too long and they’re paying for it. I want to be the one who made her mark and got away scot-free. It’s possible.”
She’s also excited to be making that mark in this day and age when women in sports are becoming so much more accepted by society.
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“I’m seeing a really positive trend in sports. The presence of women is becoming so routine that hopefully we’ll get to a point where it doesn’t need to be mentioned anymore. We don’t need to mention the fact that a man did this and a man did that, because people are used to it. I think we’re getting closer and closer to the point where there’s so many women doing amazing things, it’s going to be an old story and it won’t need to be mentioned anymore. We’re going to be mentioning the accomplishments of people instead of the accomplishments of women.”
She credits Serena Williams with a lot of those positive changes, saying she feels like, “we’re partners in the same endeavor.”
“It’s really an honor to be a woman in sports at the same time that Serena Williams is really making her mark,” Rousey added.
Aside from talking about her amazing relationship with Williams as a woman in sports, Rousey also revealed what she looks for in a potential life partner. She said it perfectly that, “A real man is one that doesn’t feel the need to dim the light of his woman in order to make himself feel brighter.”
She added, “Sometimes I feel like I’m about to take over the world, and if I have somebody there with me who feels the same way, there’s no better feeling.”
You can find out more about Rousey’s career, advocacy and hunt for the perfect partner over on The Huffington Post‘s website.