Ronda Rousey may have said goodbye to the UFC ring, but the former ultimate fighting champion (and unequivocal badass) just got a shiny new one to takes its place. TMZ is reporting that Rousey is engaged to marry her boyfriend (and fellow UFC fighter) Travis Browne.
Reporters caught up to the happy couple, who confirmed that Browne proposed to Rousey last week in New Zealand, and that they hope to tie the knot sometime “soon.“ She was all smiles—a stark departure from the last time we saw the superstar, bloodied and bruised after getting decimated by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
After dominating the sport and becoming a feminist icon along the way, Rousey’s professional fall from grace has been swift and brutal. Asked in January if he ever expects to see Rousey in the octagon again, UFC president Dana White said a comeback is highly unlikely. “In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now—again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her—but I wouldn’t say she fights again,” he said. “I think she’s probably done.”
Even if she’s done crushing jaws, don’t expect Rousey to go quietly. After minor roles in the Entourage movie and Furious 7, Hollywood seemsed convinced that Rousey could become its next great female action hero. She was cast as the lead in Peter Berg’s CIA spy saga Mile 22 and pegged to topline the Road House remake in the role Patrick Swayze made famous. But after her recent defeats, the industry cooled on Rousey, with Road House being pushed back indefinitely, while her role in Mile 22 greatly reduced.
Still, expect Rousey to become the female version of Dwayne Johnson. If she’s taught us anything over the course of her impressive career, giving up isn’t part of her DNA.