A spokesperson for the famed martial artist Ronda Rousey has confirmed that she will be retiring from the ring “to spend time with family and loved ones” following the devastating positive diagnosis of HIV. The diagnosis comes as a shock to many of her fans, who were expecting Rousey’s dominance to persist. This news also follows the recent allegations of boyfriend Travis Browne having sex with a transsexual prostitute. While the UFC has not offically commented on this developing story, they confirmed this information via twitter late last week. The tweet has since been removed.
Twitter users have been sharing their thoughts and stories with the hashtag #RondaRouseyHIV. As some of Rousey’s fans have pointed out, quite a few athletes have gone on to become very successful in their field after receiving similar news. This has led many fans to question what they are calling a ‘pre-mature retirement’. Rousey appears set to retire from sports indefinitely.