By MATT BERNSTEINA, APMEDIA StaffRonda Rouseys’ health is always on her mind, and that’s because she spends her time preparing for her next fight, preparing for fights that could change the course of her career.
Rousey, who is set to face former champion Amanda Nunes on Jan. 3 in the main event of UFC 205 in Las Vegas, was in good spirits on the sidelines of UFC 214 on Feb. 17, when she took part in a physical examination at the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) headquarters.
The first step is getting checked in for a bout and getting checked out, and when that’s done, Rousey will go back to her training camp and continue with her diet, physical therapy and other treatments, which she described as “the best thing that can happen to me in my life.”
Rouseys’ wife, Rouseyn, is in good health and is working toward a comeback, but she is also feeling the strain of the fight business.
Ronda has been under the microscope in recent weeks as the UFC announced that Rousey, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, would not be returning to the Octagon following a six-month suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
Ronda is scheduled to return to the cage in early February, but it’s unclear if she’ll make a return on the heels of her suspension.
The former Olympic bronze medalist was one of three UFC women who tested positive for the steroid Clenbuterol during the early stages of her UFC career.
Rousey tested positive in December 2016 and her career was in the balance for months.UFC President Dana White said Rousey was “not in the best of shape” but she “did everything possible” to fight her way back into the Octagames.
She did so by taking a few months off to recuperate and “rest and recharge.”
She was cleared for the rematch with Nunes in May but was unable to return.
White said Rouseys “continues to make progress” and that she is “not on any sort of medication, but we’re trying to figure out what the best way is to do that.”
Ronda’s recovery is now a focus of the promotion, which is trying to “reinvent her entire game” as it tries to create more “momentum” for the women’s bantamweight title fight between Nunes and Rousey.
Rouses’ former UFC opponent, Nunes, was knocked out in her Octagon debut against Rousey on Dec. 31 and Rouseys hopes to avoid that fate.
She has been unable to get back into action since and has been taking a low-carb diet and exercising on a treadmill.
Rights groups, however, are not pleased with Rouseys performance and have called for her to be stripped of her title.
The UFC issued a statement that said “UFC is aware of the allegations involving Ronda, and the UFC has been in contact with her and her representatives throughout the investigation and will continue to support her throughout this process.”
Rouses team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The medical examiner is expected to announce her death Monday.