Seth Rollins has a theory about Ronda Rousey’s WWE exit.
The former UFC bantamweight champion became one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars after signing with WWE following her MMA retirement in 2017.
“Rowdy” left the company in 2019 after just two years.
Rousey looked set for an extended second run with WWE after winning the Women’s Royal Rumble in 2022 and winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship and Women’s Tag Team Championship.
However, she left WWE again in 2023. The 37-year-old claimed to have retired from professional wrestling, but she has since made appearances in Wrestling Revolver and Ring of Honor.
After the UFC and WWE merged to create a company called TKO, worth £17.3 billion, fans assumed they would see more crossover stars moving forward.
Rollins, who is the current inaugural WWE World Heavyweight Champion, was recently asked if there were any UFC fighters he believed were capable of succeeding in his sport.
“No, because they don’t have the stamina,” Rollins told ESPN.
“They don’t fight every weekend. This championship goes everywhere. It goes everywhere. Biloxi will love it. Especially the biggest stars there, they’re treated a certain way.
“It’s great, it’s their style, it’s what works for them, I understand you struggle maybe once or twice a year. You’re crazy if you fight three times a year.
“Fighting over 100 times a year, having all these cities still be able to train, still being able to do all the media, it’s an exhausting industry.”
Rollins suggested that Rousey’s departure from WWE was triggered by her inability to keep up with the busy schedule he and other professional wrestlers faced.
He added: “I don’t want to hit Ronda Rousey because I love Ronda.
“She did a lot for our industry, for women in our industry and for the fight industry in general, but it was difficult for Ronda. She did her best and it was hard for her.
“I don’t, man. I’d love for someone to come along and give it a shot if you think you can hang on, but it’s tough.
It is currently unclear what’s next for Rousey following her departure from WWE.
UFC fans were hoping to see her back in the Octagon, but Dana White insisted one of its biggest legends would not be making a return to MMA.