Veronica Rothenhausler vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
It’s sometimes bittersweet when a beloved MMA fighter retires, even if it’s someone who was just starting their career.
Team Alpha Male Veronica “The Heartbreaker” Rothenhausler announced her retirement on social media. She said she suffered a concussion in her fight against Charmaine Tweet – her fifth one overall – and is still “dealing with the aftermath.”
Rothenhausler first entered the MMA scene back in 2011, racking up an impressive 3-0 amateur record that included two five-second knockouts over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Noelle Cherry.
The Heartbreaker made her professional debut in 2013 at Invicta FC 4, knocking out Katalina Malungahu in 72 seconds. Her last fight was in late 2014, losing to Tweet via TKO late in the first round.
Rothenhausler’s decision to retire wasn’t because she lost a few fights, got upset and quit. She’s looking out for her health and in an age where concussions and head trauma are a major issue, not only in combat sports, but in football as well.
Rothenhausler’s announcement kind of reminds me of San Francisco 49er linebacker Chris Borland, who retired from professional football after one season. Like Rothenhausler, Borland’s decision to leave behind the gridiron was because of health concerns.
And like the situation with Borland, I’ll say that Rothenhausler is making the right decision in retiring. Sure we fans will miss her and wonder what her career would have been like – and she might wonder that herself – but I’m sure she’ll also be thankful that she didn’t compete longer than she should have and watch as her health deteriorates over time.
So I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rothenhausler the best in her future and I hope she succeeds and is happy wherever life takes her.