Ronda Rousey Advises Kobe Bryant It’s Time To Think About ‘Stepping Away’
UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter on Wednesday as a guest host. She discussed ball sports, taught armbars and, in one instance, even made comedian Ken Jeong cry – for fun – for revealing the Game of Thrones plot at the ESPYS (watch video here).
The most notable segment from the show, however, was Rousey giving advice to the Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, about “stepping away.” Bryant has been hinting at a possible retirement at the end of the season, and Rousey somewhat seemed to agree with him.
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“I think if you’re wondering whether or not you should play, that’s the time that you should kind of think about stepping away,” Rousey said (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “Every single time I pull up to the gym, I park and I run from my car into the door of the gym, because I’m so excited to be there. If you’re wondering whether or not you should be there, it’s getting to be about that time.”
Rousey was the first female athlete to guest host the ESPN SportsCenter. She goes one on one in a championship contest against Holly Holm in the main event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship 193 on November 15 in Melbourne, Australia.